The Life of JoAnn B. Fritz

JoAnn B. (Barto) Fritz, 91, of Kutztown, loving wife and mother, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in her home. She was the widow of Edwin R. Fritz, who died January 4, 2006. Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Linwood M., and Lillian M. (Kline) Barto.  A life-long member of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, JoAnn was a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Altar and Prayer Committees, and she helped to form the Christian Board of Education.

JoAnn was a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, Class of 1947, and attended Kutztown University.  

JoAnn owned and operated Designs by JoAnn, a craft business for many years.  Prior, she was employed by Pomeroy's Department Stores as an interior and window display decorator. She also did interior and window display locally for the former Mark Stump Clothier and the former Country Girl clothing stores in Kutztown.

JoAnn was a former member of the Kutztown Woman's Club, having served as chairperson of many committees and as a club officer. She was also a past member of the Reading Hospital Auxiliary.

JoAnn is survived by her children: Lynn J. (Fritz), wife of Jeffrey S. Mosser, Denver, Lancaster County; Gary K., husband of Patricia A. (Steltz) Fritz, Bowers; and Stacy L. Fritz Davies, wife of Robert B. Davies, Jr., Ruscombmanor Township. Other survivors include two granddaughters: Katie L. Mosser, Mohnton; and Ashley A. (Mosser), wife of Joseph J. Dunn, Denver; a great grandson, Wesley S. Dunn. There is also a sister, Jean E. (Barto) widow of Willard J. Lantz, Louisville, KY.

A funeral service to celebrate JoAnn's life will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Paul's U.C.C. at 47 South Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, with The Reverend Kim L. Adamson, officiating. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall within the church. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown, is private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the memorial fund of St. Paul's U.C.C., 47 South Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Stacy, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother.  I remember her well.  She was really a great person.  May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by bill & janet k on 05/14/2021

Always will remember

I met Grandma many many years ago when Ashley took me to her parents house for a day at the pool. She technically isn't my Grandmother, but it just felt right to call her Grandma. She was always so sweet to me and just accepted that I was an honorary member of the family. If I didn't have anywhere to go for a holiday, she was part of the crowd to badger Ash to invite me to spend time with their family. She would come down for my birthday parties at the pool and laugh with all of us as we played very competitive games of volleyball. I quickly learned where her family got their generous hearts and also their love for making you eat until your stuffed and sending 5 days worth of leftovers home with you. And purple, everytime I see anything purple I will always think of her.

My heart goes out to all of you guys. She was a great woman and she truly lives on through her family. I love you all and will keeps yous in my prayers. 💕



Posted by Jennifer T on 05/14/2021

Thoughts and Prayers

My mom so very much treasured her friendship with JoAnn.  Those birthday lunches were so very special to her.  Thoughts and prayers with you all. 

Posted by Marci G on 05/14/2021


I am Blanche Kline, wife of Harlan whose brother is Harry. JoAnn and her family are part of my memory especially at Christmas time.  May your memories of love for your mother ease your grief.

Posted by Blanche K on 05/14/2021


Our sympathies to Lynn, Stacy, Gary and their families. So very sorry for your loss. We will always remember JoAnn as a wonderful employee and friend with a great talent for decorating, a contagious smile and a love of the color purple. May you find peace and keep your memories of her close at heart. 💜


Leslie & Mark Stump

Posted by Leslie S on 05/16/2021