Alfred B. 'Fritz' Muetherthies, 87
Alfred B. “Fritz” Mueterthies, age 87 of Lawler, IA passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 with family by his side at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Father Kyle Digmann celebrating. Burial will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Lawler.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with a 3:30 PM Rosary and Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday. Online condolences for Alfred's family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. In Lieu of flowers, friends may direct memorials to the American Heart Association or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.
Alfred was born January 29, 1931 to Frank and Julia (Reicks) Mueterthies in St. Lucas, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Alfred attended St. Lucas Catholic School through the sixth grade when he moved to Lawler to finish his education. However, six weeks into his freshman year, Alfred was needed on the farm and had to quit school. This was only the beginning of his lifelong love for farming.
On September 4, 1957, Alfred was united in marriage to Joan Schmitz at St. Boniface Church in Ionia. The couple made their home on a farm east of New Hampton where their first five children were born. They then moved to the family farm in 1965, where their youngest child was born. They continued farming until their retirement in 1993 when they moved to Lawler.
Alfred was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
His love for farming was also a lifelong passion. He enjoyed polka music and in his later years, “windshield farming.” He treasured spending time with family and teasing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fritz will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan Mueterthies of Lawler; His children, Mark (Peg) Mueterthies, Marla (Gerald) Busta, Don (Keely) Mueterthies, Joyce Mueterthies, Julie Mueterthies and Connie (Scott) Frick; his grandchildren, Amy (Mark) Crabbs, Bryan (Kristina) Mueterthies, Becky (Adam) Scharnhorst, Jason (Brenda) Mueterthies, Megan (Kelly) Miller, Michael Mueterthies, Matthew Mueterthies, Emily (Matthew) Stokes, Jaclyn (Alex) Ryan, Greg (Emily) Frick, Jeremy (Megan) Mueterthies, Bethany Frick, Amanda (Jim) King and Kaitlyn Frick; his great-grandchildren, Tristen, Lauren, Lillian, Cullen, Jadeyn, Alexa, Raela, Walker, Lena, Lettie, Anna, Izabel, Ryan and Tristin; his siblings, Clarence Mueterthies, Bernice Kout, Delores Schluetter and Leon Mueterthies; his in-laws, Francella Burgart, Carol Schmitz, Elaine Schmitz, Larry (Joyce) Schmitz, Dorothy Schmitz, Joyce (Tom) Renze, Gary (Karen) Schmitz, Sharon (Don) Caspersen, Dale (Laura) Schmitz, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Oswald and Marie Schmitz; Godchild, Scott Mueterthies; in-laws, Madonna Mueterthies, Frank Kout, Dale Schluetter, Goldie Mueterthies, Timmy Burgart, Ron Schmitz, Bob Schmitz, and Bill Schmitz: as well as five nieces and nephews.