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WIRTZ, Fritz Ernest

WIRTZ, Fritz Ernest

April 15, 1929 – August 3, 2022

A Servant of God and a Friend to Man went to sleep with the promise of the resurrection when the trumpet will sound and his name will be called - I Thessalonians 4:16, 17. He was 93 and surrounded by family and friends sharing promises and singing. Parkinson’s was his enemy that took over…

He is survived by his lovely wife of 9 years, Sophia; his four children Fritz Jr (Dianne), David, Marleen and Kenneth (Sandie); 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters of Wisconsin, Marie Skic and Nathlie Fromfeld; many nephews and nieces; and brother-in-law Floyd Petersen (Eileen), from Loma Linda, California. Fritz was predeceased by his father, Gottlieb; mother, Marie; and his first wife of 59 years, Ruth (née Petersen).

Fritz had an 8th grade education and is an example of a man who was Generous; a Visionary; a man of Decision; and Service and Faith minded. He was born in Wisconsin and started in life as a dairy farmer. Then in 1961, he and his family moved, along with friends, to Kelowna, BC to Hall Road - 2000 miles away.

It was a priority for Fritz that his children have a Christian Education, and he worked hard to provide for his family. Fritz started a construction company, A&B Durastone; went into real estate in the mid-60s with Kelowna Reality, Century 21, and Prudential. Then he, and his first wife Ruth, built and operated Sutherland Hills Rest Home in 1972 - serving the citizens of Kelowna with safe loving care and providing employment to amazing loyal staff. 45 years later, in 2017, it was sold.

During this time of business, Fritz was Director for 20 of the 30 years with the Silver Tip Pathfinder Club for boys/girls ages 10-15; in 2005, he founded the Ministry in the Philippines, a Faith Works Ministry, and built 21 churches, conducted dozens of health and medical clinics on the Island of Panay, and introduced thousands to a better life in health and in Christian living; he was a strong supporter of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP); and he conducted many personal bible studies through his years and was a colporteur – selling Christian books from door to door.

Fritz lived a humble life while he helped support others. He loved the outdoors and was known as a successful hunter. He was a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And, he leaves an honourable legacy.

In 2019, A Living Celebration of Life was organized and enjoyed by over 250 guests for his 90th birthday.

Donations may be made to Friends of Faith Works Ministry c/o 3075 Hall Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 2R5.

A Graveside Service for his family, and open to close friends, on TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022, at 10:00 AM, at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC. Following will be a potluck picnic at the Wirtz Residence, 3079 Hall Road (bring lawn chairs, salads, hot dogs, and picnic food). If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

To view the Livestream/recording or send the family condolences and photos, please visit his obituary page at www.springfieldfuneral home.com (or click the direct link with his name in it, just below).


Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/wirtz-fritz-ernest
Condolence Messages
  • Aug 23, 2022
    Our hearts are saddened with your loss. Mr. Wirtz was a amazing man from giving my first job and many memories with the Silver Tip Pathfinders. Dad still talks about the trip to Alaska. We take joy in knowing we will see him again. God bless you in your time. Leanne, Mel, & Terry - Leanne Carlson
  • Aug 23, 2022
    Only in heaven will we truly know the great results of a well-lived Christian life. Brother Fritz lived to serve God, and God himself will reward His faithful servant. Revelation 14:13 reminds us: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Brother Fritz will rest now until Jesus comes again. Until then, on behalf of the British Columbia Conference, I express sincere sympathies to Sophia and the rest of the family. May our gracious God comfort and strengthen you; you will be in our prayers.
    Alrick Watson - Vice President for Administration - BC Conference - Alrick Watson
  • Aug 22, 2022
    Dear Wirtz Family, I was so deeply saddened by the passing of your Fear Father, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother...He was such a special person in my life for so many years and was like a second Dad to me when my Father passed away. He was a great boss and friend who really cared about all of us each and every day. Sending condolences to all of you and thinking of you Sophie, through this difficult time. He will remain in all of our hearts until our Lord and Saviour returns. God Bless all of you. Beth Gilbert
  • Aug 19, 2022
    To the Wirtz family, we lived beside Fritz and family for may years on Hall Road and hold those memories dear to our heart. Fritz picture shares a spot on my wall of hunting memories and often speak of those enjoyable outings. Thoughts and prayers out to all of the family.
    Harvey Pomrenke and family.
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Marleen & Family: I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Wirtz’s passing.He was a man of great faith & leadership. I worked under his guidance for 13 years as a RN & loved my job at Sutherland Hills Nursing Home.He was so proud of the Facility & appreciated the staff so very much. Keep your special memories of him in your hearts.My condolences to all of you. - Donna Fletcher
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So many happy memories growing up in British Columbia where Fritz would come over on many Saturday nights and play Rook with my mom and dad while while I made him fudge! May bless the entire Wirtz family!I have many memories of Fritzi David,and Marlene all of whom I grew up ,with and their younger brother Kenneth God bless you all waiting for Resurrection morning when you can be reunited with your parents and mine.Oh what a happy day to look forward too !God bless you all - Barbara Schneider Amann
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Mr. Wirtz inspired me and he truly was a loving and giving man and always trying to find the good in people and life. Will be sadly missed. - Pam Kastner
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Deeply sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to his love ones for healing and memories of great joy. Take comfort knowing Gods plan of eternal salvation and loved ones once again united in heaven, God bless. - The Lizotte family. - Neil Lizotte
  • Aug 15, 2022
    To the Wirtz Family
    So deeply sorry for your loss. He was a giant among men. He was my Pathfinder Leader, he was my employer, and he was my co-worker at Century 21. His infectious
    Laugh, and amazing life will be fondly remembered. Prayers for You all.
    Larry Jeider - Larry Jeider
  • Aug 15, 2022
    We are so very sorry for your loss- Mr. Wirtz was such a great man. From taking us to Alaska with the pathfinders, to taking Randy in when he was misbehaving at home. He was a kind, gentle, generous man and I know he is missed.
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Randy & Bonnie deVries
  • Aug 15, 2022
    To the Wirtz family:
    our mother Tillie worked for the Wirtz family for many years at Sutherland Hills and she thoroughly enjoyed it. When she was unable to care for herself any longer, Mr. Wirtz welcomed her to Sutherland Hills, where she was loved and well-cared for by the staff she had known for so many years. He was a kind and generous man, and had a special place in Moms' heart. RIP Mr. Wirtz
    The Kraft Family - The Kraft Family
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