Nicholas “Nick” Louis Fritel
Nov. 21, 1925-May 13, 2017
Nicholas “Nick” Louis Fritel, 91, Rugby, died on May 13, 2017 at his home in Rugby with his family by his side. He was born on November 21, 1925 in Sandale Township – Pierce County North Dakota to Frank and Anastasia (Fronk) Fritel. He was raised on the family farm near Orrin and went to school at Sandale School. Nick married Teresa Brossart on November 8, 1948 in Little Flower Church in Rugby. They farmed in the Barton area for 6 years before moving to Knox in 1954. They moved to Rugby in 1970 and still farmed but also did electrical motor repair in a shop in his house. They retired in 1987 and enjoyed many winters in Arizona. He was a member of the Little Flower Church and the John F. Kennedy Assembly # 0786 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Nick enjoyed many outdoors activities including hunting, trapping, fishing, and gardening. He also enjoyed woodworking, cutting rocks and traveling. His family was the highlight of his life.
Nick is survived by his wife, Teresa and their
children Charlotte Pollestad -Devils Lake; Dianne (Bruce) Frueh Walcott, North Dakota; Melvin Minot; Ken Turtle Lake; Leon and Kevin (Carol) Rugby; Lynelle (Brian) Socha Boise, Idaho; and Linda (Kory) Jorgenson Rugby. He also leaves 20 grandchildren. In addition, he leaves 25 great-grandchildren. A brother, Conrad Stanley and sister Phyllis Salwey Williston will miss their brother. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sharon Lewis, son-in-law Dale Lewis, grandson, Christopher Socha, grandson-in-law Andy Oyen, and brothers John, Rudy, Steve and Mike and sisters Elizabeth Marquart, Magdalena Ripplinger, Catherine Rohrer, and Anna Olderbak.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Rev. T.T. Paulraj, Rev. Daniel Mrnarevic and Rev.
Thanaiah Marneni will officiate the mass. Glenda Mack will be the organist and Steve Mueller will be the soloist. Casket bearers will be Cody, Shawn, Travis Fritel, Chase Frueh, Eric Pollestad, and Jeremiah, Joshua, and Matthew Socha. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will provide an honor guard. Mr. Fritel will be buried in Little Flower Catholic Cemetery in Rugby.
Visitation will be on Friday, May 19th from 4 P.M. until the time of a prayer service at 7 P.M. at Niewoehner Funeral Home in addition to visitation on Saturday morning from 8 AM until 10:30. There will be no visitation at the church.
Memorials are welcome to the Heart of America Medical Center Hospice.
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