Marty Fritts (1960-2022) taught everyone, enjoyed nature better than anyone


Martin “Marty” J. Fritts, 61, Roscoe, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2022, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 14, 1960, the son of James and Elaine (Horbelt) Fritts. Marty was a 1978 graduate of Guilford High School and later graduated from Rock Valley College with an associate’s degree. He married his love, Tina McCoy, on September 8, 1984. On October 25, 2016, she passed away. In 2017, Marty found a new love, Teresa Granberg, who became his fiancé.

Marty was a loyal employee of Sundstrand Corporation, now Collins Aerospace, and later an employee of Warner Electric, now part of Altra Industrial Motion. He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. 

Marty always had goals of becoming a teacher, and even though he went down a different career path, he endlessly taught everyone around him. He enjoyed all of the Chicago sports teams as well as the Las Vegas Raiders.  He loved reading, writing, making jokes, and jamming to his tunes. Marty had a knack for enjoying nature better than anyone else. 

Most of all, he loved spending quality time with his family. He was never one to shy away from a conversation, and because of that, he was able to gain an amazing group of loved ones around him.

He is survived by his daughters, Hannah (Jimmy) Collins of Middleton, WI and Haley Fritts of Chicago; his fiancé, Teresa Granberg; his brothers, Charlie (Jennifer) Fritts and George (Sharon) Fritts; his sisters, Beth and Helen Fritts; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws, and god-children. 

The family would like to thank the friends, family, and friends who are like family, for the endless support and love shown to us during Marty’s illness, and to the nurses and staff at Mercyhealth Hospice.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd in Rockford, and again from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at St. Bridget Catholic Church, in Loves Park.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave. in Loves Park. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass. Please note the day of the visitation and the day of the service are not consecutive. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercyhealth Hospice (Mercyhealth at Home) in Rockford.

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