Patricia Fries

Patricia Ann Fries

Monday, March 9th, 1925 - Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Obituary

Patricia Ann Fries passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 94 years old following a courageous battle with COPD at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, New York. Pat was a sister to Richard (Nancy) Stone of New Jersey and mother to Janis Fausset of Colorado and Judy (John) Metzger of Massachusetts. She greatly enjoyed her grandchildren: Brian Metzger, Patricia Metzger, Shen and Steven Fausset. She was also blessed with four great grandchildren: Maxwell, Paige Shen, Kayla and Quinn Fausset. Pat was the daughter of the late Arnold and Ruth (Templeton) Stone and loving wife of the late Harry John Fries.

Pat was a graduate of Kenmore High School and Syracuse University (Class of ’46). She taught at West Seneca Central School for two years and then family services at Kenmore Community Service. Pat moved with Harry to Hanford Bay in 1957 where she became a sophomore English teacher at Silver Creek Central School until retiring in 1983.

Pat loved teaching and is remembered for “clicking down the hall in her high heels” and teaching with enthusiasm and creativity. Pat also loved living on Lake Erie and had wonderful, caring Hanford Bay friends and neighbors. She enjoyed family reunions and sharing her lakefront home with so many others. She was active in the Hanford Bay Community Club and she golfed for many years at Tri County Country Club. She enjoyed skiing in the winter and holiday celebrations.

In her retirement she volunteered at the Silver Creek Food Pantry, Lakeshore Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Friends of Anderson-Lee Library, Ruth Remsen Used Clothing Center and First United Church. She later moved to Fredonia Place and is fondly remembered for her happy spirit, sense of humor and wit. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, 39 Matteson Street, Fredonia, N.Y. on Thursday, July 25 at 4pm where a reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers please donate to Anderson-Lee Library, 43 Main Street, Silver Creek, New York 14136. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 4:00pm
    Location
    Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church
    Address
    39 Matteson St.
    FREDONIA, NY
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    In lieu of flowers, please donate to Anderson-Lee Library, 43 Main Street, Silver Creek, New York 14136.
    Officiant
    Rev. James LaBarr
  • Reception

    Location
    Harvest Chapel
    Address
    39 Matteson
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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    A reception at church will follow the service.

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: ANDERSON-LEE LIBRARY INC.

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Bonnie Cave

Posted at 09:28am
For most of my time in high school; i felt like an outcast. i wasn't popular or talented. But then i took Mrs. Fries Mysterious and Unexplained class and she changed my whole outlook. She encouraged us, she congratulated us, she bolstered us. I remember her at her desk with a handful of candy and as the last bell to get to class would ring; she would throw candy at the door area and we would hurry to catch some on our way to our desks. I often saw her years later, and i would always say: " Hi Mrs. Fries" and she would say " Are you one of mine?" I would answer: "yes i am!" and now..i will still say " i am one of yours!" Rest in peace Mrs. Fries you changed my life.
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