Frederick “Fritz” Baumgartner, 86, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Lake Wales Medical Center due to lung cancer.
He was born July 15, 1927 in Naperville, Ill., to the late Paul Peter and Bertha Baumgartner, was raised in Naperville and graduated from Naperville H.S. in 1945.
He served in the US Navy until 1947, married LaVerne A. Swanson in 1948 and they raised their four children in Naperville.
He spent the majority of his career as a licensed plumber and plumbing contractor. He also served as The City of Naperville’s Building Commissioner and Plumbing Inspector.
During their Naperville years, Fritz and LaVerne were members of SS Peter and Paul Church and enjoyed tennis, dancing and bridge.
In retirement, they moved to Lake Wales and were parishioners of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, LaVerne; his sister Marge and brother, Pete.
He is survived by his daughter, Rae Ann Arnold (Timothy) of Lake Wales, Fla.; sons, Gary Baumgartner (Gloria) of Naperville; Larry Baumgartner (Jan) of Naperville and Eric Baumgartner (Dianne) of Batavia, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Jeanette Arnold, Tamra McDaniel (Scott), Matthew Arnold (Casey); Jill Kuhfus (Matt), Blake and Brett Baumgartner; Ryan, Rob and Jeff Baumgartner; Michael (Brittney), Matthew, Megan, Morgan and Madison Baumgartner; plus eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Ann (Shoger) and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lake Wales, Fla., with Father Glenn Charest officiating.
Fritz will be buried at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, Ill. where LaVerne is buried.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to “The Wounded Warrior Project” (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate) joining Fritz and his support of our country’s service men and women.
Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at www.marionnelson funeralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Marion Nelson Funeral Home.