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Joseph Fritz Gettelfinger

September 18, 1934 August 28, 2021
Joseph Fritz Gettelfinger
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Obituary for Joseph Fritz Gettelfinger

Joseph F. “Fritz” Gettelfinger, 86, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021. Fritz was born September 18, 1934 in Ramsey, Indiana to the late Gerald A. and Mary Catherine Kiesler Gettelfinger. He retired from Pillsbury where he worked on the production line and was a member of the labor relations committee representing the Grain Miller’s International Local 33 Union.
As a former Harrison County commissioner, he served as Chairman of the Board from 1972 – 1976 and was a lifelong member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Fritz was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching IU basketball and Chicago Cubs baseball. He loved his farm, where his favorite past times were caring for his cows, feeding the deer and birds, and fishing with his beloved dog, Zoe.
Also proceeding him in death, a son, Andrew Paul Gettelfinger and a sister, Antoinette “Nettie” Swank.
Surviving is his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Loew Gettelfinger.
Sons: Brian J. Gettelfinger (Rita) of Ramsey, IN
Frederick “Dan” Gettelfinger (Wendy) of Indianapolis, IN
Kevin Gettelfinger (Francine) of Floyds Knobs, IN
Daughters: Mary Catherine Lesher (Michael) of St. Augustine, FL
Tricia Gettelfinger of Louisville, KY
Jennifer O’Sullivan (Brian) of Naperville, IL
Brothers: Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville, IN
Tony Gettelfinger (Judy) of Ramsey, IN
Sisters: Mary Ruth Ernstberger of Georgetown, IN
Agnes Marie Ernstberger of Clarksville, IN
Joan Marguet (Pat) of New Albany, IN
Jean Batliner (Joe) of Floyds Knobs, IN
Brother-in-law:Mike Swank of Butler, PA
Grandchildren: Aaron, Sarah, Lucas, Annie, Andy, and April Gettelfinger, Michael Lesher, Brook Jones, Peyton Johnson, Abby and Connor O’Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 2-8 PM on Wednesday and after 9 AM on Thursday at Swarens Funeral Home, 1405 Highway 64 NW, Ramsey, IN. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday.
A funeral Mass will take place at 11AM, Thursday, September 2, 2021 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 7600 Highway 337 NW, Depauw, IN with burial following in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or to the Harrison County Animal Control.

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Visitation

Wednesday

1

Sep

2:00 PM 9/1/2021 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/1/2021 8:00:00 PM
Swarens Funeral Home

1405 Highway 64 NW
Ramsey, IN 47166

Swarens Funeral Home
1405 Highway 64 NW Ramsey 47166 IN
United States

Visitation

Thursday

2

Sep

9:00 AM 9/2/2021 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9/2/2021 10:00:00 AM
Swarens Funeral Home

1405 Highway 64 NW
Ramsey, IN 47166

Swarens Funeral Home
1405 Highway 64 NW Ramsey 47166 IN
United States

Service

Thursday

2

Sep

11:00 AM 9/2/2021 11:00:00 AM
Saint Bernard Catholic Church

7600 Hwy 337 NW
Depauw, IN 47115

Saint Bernard Catholic Church
7600 Hwy 337 NW Depauw 47115 IN
United States
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