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j. herbert fretz

Posted on Aug. 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Jan. 10, 1921 - Aug. 10, 2013

GOSHEN — J. Herbert Fretz, 92, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2013, at Greencroft Healthcare.

He was born Jan. 10, 1921, in Lansdale, Pa., to Jacob R. and Mary (Rickert) Fretz. He married Helen Habegger on June 9, 1945, at First Mennonite Church, Berne. Helen’s father, the Rev. Alfred Habegger, officiated.

She survives along with four children, Barbara (Archie) Ross of Longmont, Colo., Susan Boushele of Pocatello, Idaho, James H. (Mary) Fretz of Killingworth, Conn., and Joseph H. (Ann) Fretz of Centennial, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Jason, Don, Charles, Christina, Samuel, Zachery and Emily; and four great-grandchildren, Ezra, Isaac, Bridget and James.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jacob M. and Stanley R. Fretz.

A 1943 graduate of Bluffton University, Herb went on to study at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.

A minister, he served at the Deep Run West Mennonite Meetinghouse near Bedminster, Pa., the Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D., and Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, from 1963-68. From 1968 until his retirement in 1988, Herbert worked for The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, as coordinator of church and seminary relations.

Herb had many interests, including beekeeping, gardening, Model T Fords and woodworking. The author of many articles, he had served as past president and historian of the Fretz Family Association.

In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Eighth Street Mennonite Church with Pastors Kevin Farmwald and Brenda Paetkau officiating. There will be a time of visitation following the service. Burial of his cremated remains will be in Deep Run West Mennonite Church Cemetery, Bedminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Eighth Street Mennonite Church or AMBS.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.