Christine Fritza

Christine Fritza


February 15, 1948 - July 15, 2023


Christine Fritza, 75, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Ethan, SD, died Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Monument Rehab in Rapid City. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 27, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Emsley Cemetery in rural Mitchell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service.

Christine Elizabeth (Hohn) Fritza was born February 15, 1948, to LuVern and Alice (Bell) Hohn in Parkston, SD. She grew up on a farm west of Ethan, SD, where she attended country school until the 8th grade. She attended and graduated from Ethan High School. The oldest of five children, Chris grew up doing numerous farm chores, including hand-milking cows. After high school, she traveled and lived for a while in both Ft. Lauderdale, FL and New Jersey. Eventually she returned to South Dakota and settled with her husband David "Fritz" Fritza in Tripp, SD. While in Tripp, they operated Hink's Café where Chris was famous for her pies and caramel rolls. Eventually, they made their way back to Ethan, SD where they owned and operated Fritz's Hotel Bar for over 20 years. It is here that they, they made countless memories and lifelong friends. Chris could be found waiting tables and taking great care of customers as well as assisting in the kitchen. During this time, they welcomed their only daughter Marie in 1980. During her time in Ethan and while owning the Hotel Bar, Chris also worked summers building grain bins and for several years was the secretary for the Ethan Dairy.  In her spare time Chris loved to ride horses and was a member of the James River Wagon Train and the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Drill Team. She completed the South Dakota Centennial Trail Ride in 1989 riding horse back across the state in commemoration of the South Dakota Centennial. Chris remained a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 20 years. On Sunday's while Marie was growing up, Chris and Marie could be found singing in the Holy Trinity Church Choir which Chris was very passionate about. After retiring from the Bar and Hospitality business in the late 90's, Chris began a second career with Hamaker Crop Insurance in Mitchell SD. She returned to Florida for a short time to work in Property Management but eventually returned to Ethan where she worked until her second retirement from CHS Farmers Elevator.

In the summers Chris could be found on various Trail Rides or participating in the Ethan Trail Riders Club and working in her flower beds. For many years she was an avid bowler and dart enthusiast participating in a weekly bowling league and dart league.

Chris is most well known for her "spicy" sense of humor, friendly smile, and infectious laugh. She was a wonderful cook, and her potato salad recipe remains a secret to this day. Chris always said her greatest accomplishment in life was her daughter Marie. In 2013, Chris became an honorary grandparent to Ashlin Strang, Marie's stepdaughter and in 2017 Chris was overjoyed to become a grandmother to Esther. Chris was happiest when she could spend time coloring or watching Esther play or attend school activities. Her role as "Grandma Chris" is one she cherished and boasted about to anyone who would listen.

Chris is survived by her daughter, Marie (Mike) Strang; granddaughters, Esther and Ashlin of Rapid City, SD; siblings, Karen Bice of Orlando, FL, Chuck (Pat) Hohn of Hanahan, SC, Kathy Priest of Marshall, MN, and Cindy (Brian) Kelly of Mitchell, SD; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, an infant brother, and her ex-husband David "Fritz" Fritza, two brothers-in-law, Charles Priest and Doug Bice, and great-niece Gianna Wehrkamp.


Wednesday, July 26, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, July 27, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Emsley Cemetery
Rural Davison County, SD

Posted by Bonnie Riggs Storm on August 29, 2023
Chris was my classmate at Ethan High- she always had a smile she was a friendly & fun person!😊
Posted by Char Micheel on July 26, 2023
I have so many good childhood memories that includes Chris and Maire. She was a great friend to my mom, helped her in so many ways and she will be deeply missed. Condolences to Marie and her family.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on July 24, 2023
Chuck, Cindy, Karen, Kathy and families. We send our condolences with the loss of Christine. May the memories you share bring you peace.
Posted by Jill Degen on July 23, 2023
My deepest sympathy and condolences to all the family. May Chris rest in piece.
Posted by dave and vicky hohn on July 23, 2023
sorry for your loss
Posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on July 22, 2023
Marie, our sympathies on the loss of your mom. She sounds like a fun and wonderful person, mom and grandma. May you have lots of wonderful memories to hold tight in your heart.
Posted by Vick hohn on July 21, 2023
Chuck so sorry for your loss
Posted by Deb Triebwasser on July 21, 2023
So sorry for your loss. She was an awesome woman.
Posted by Bonnie Puepke on July 21, 2023
Sorry for your loss I’ll remember some of good times we had together
Posted by Hammer Crop Insurance on July 21, 2023
"A true gem"
Posted by Paula Northrup on July 21, 2023
Marie and family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. She and I worked together at Hamaker Crop Ins. I recall a training session after business hours one day when the team was in deep concentration, listening to a representative explain “serious” concepts. A look passed between Chris and me, from which spontaneous laughter erupted for no reason whatsoever! It was so inappropriate yet so unstoppable! There were several outbursts before we got the giggles under control. It is her laughter and easy-going sense of humor that I will keep in my heart. May God bless and bring you all a sense of peace at this sad time.
Posted by Ernie & Debra Hohn on July 21, 2023
Our sincere sympathies to Christine’s family.
We got to know her when we had our bar in Ethan.
She was a hard working lady. R.I.P. Chis
Posted by Mary Lou Hofmann on July 21, 2023
Sincere sympathy to all of you. Think of you often Marie and your family
Posted by Linda norwick stratton on July 20, 2023
So sorry for the loss of your sister. My sympathy to your family.
Posted by Marge Wagner on July 20, 2023
So sorry for your loss you have my sympathy and prayers
Posted by Betty Mueller on July 20, 2023
My despise sympathy Marie oh the many memories, laughs and friendship we shared All my love!!!
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on July 20, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Mary & Del Beck on July 20, 2023
Our deepest sympathy
Posted by Joe Stadlman on July 20, 2023
Many memories of your mom and that bar
Posted by Moneik Stephens on July 20, 2023
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Praying your memories bring you comfort.
Posted by Colleen Stadlman on July 20, 2023
Marie and family. Deepest sympathies to the loss of Chris. There are many memories of Chris when we were kids working at the bar. I am so glad she could make new memories with Esther.
Posted by Jim and Glenda Hohn on July 20, 2023
Our sincere sympathy to her family
Posted by Marilyn Hart on July 20, 2023
Marie I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great gal, we had alot of fun together in past years. RIP Christine
Posted by Dave Strohmayer on July 20, 2023
Sympathies to the family. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kathy Metzinger on July 19, 2023
Oh Marie :( I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your moms passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Posted by Cindy fuerst on July 19, 2023
My deepest sympathy to all the family
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on July 18, 2023
Marie and family, We are so sorry to hear about Christine. So many good memories of her in Ethan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jake and Bobbie Prickett on July 17, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to the fami6
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