Sally Fritzsche, 68


Sally (Pingolt) Fritzsche, 68, of Staunton, died on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the age of 68.
Mrs. Fritzsche was a military brat as a child, born in Texas to Agnes and Arthur Pingolt but living in such locales as Spain, Hawaii, and finally Staunton. She grew up alongside siblings John, Joe, Mary, Andy, Eric, Shelia and Arthur. They were truly a herd of Pingolts. As a child, she enjoyed time with her siblings as well as Hawaiian rolls with peanut butter.
In her 20’s, she met future spouse Dennis Fritzsche of Mt. Olive, wooing him via free burgers at the restaurant where she worked as a server. The restaurant will remain unnamed due to probable burger theft. After an appropriate number of burgers, Mr. Fritzsche proposed. One thing led to another and they raised four children together in central Illinois.
Mrs. Fritzsche rowed her own boat in life, accomplishing such tasks as deeming her pug dog, Frodo, the mascot of the retail store where she worked part-time. While in this role, she handed out, ‘Frodo bucks’ (no cash or retail value) and planned photo opportunities. She was truly an influencer before her time.
She loved children, especially her grandchildren Lucy, Tinley, Hudson and Penny, as well as playing slot machines,the 90s hit song, “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by Scottish brother-band, The Proclaimers, and actor Gary Sinise. When she wasn’t cooking too much food, one could probably find her reading or watching a variety of murder documentaries or cooking shows.
Mrs. Fritzsche is survived by her children, Shaun Dawson, Eric Fritzsche and his children Lucy and Penny, Jennifer (Chet) Wold and her children Tinley and Hudson and Casandra (husband Dustin Stoltz) Fritzsche and her dog Galileo.
She is preceded in death by parents Agnes and Arthur, siblings John, Joe and Mary; pugs: Frodo, Pippin and Rocky, and spouse Dennis Fritzsche. Mrs. Fritzsche was pretty cranky that her husband passed before her.
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