Mark David Fritsche, age 56 years of Niles, Michigan died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes.
He was born on February 18, 1960 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Carl B. and Patricia Ann (Fox) Fritsche II. He was graduated from Niles High School, and attended Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo). He was employed in motion picture production on both sides of the camera, working with the crew in lighting and staging, and as a background actor (extra) on several films, and a few speaking parts with credits. His filmography includes “Somewhere in Time”, and an appearance on the television show “Highway to Heaven”. He was also talented as a still photographer.
Fritch was raised in the Episcopal church, and had more recently been active at the Broadway Christian Parish United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana. He enjoyed going to the movies, and visiting Mackinac Island, actually living there for a while and working in a hotel kitchen. In his youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America troop at Trinity Episcopal Church, and earned the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout. In high school, he began his interest in the performing arts in theater productions. He has always enjoyed interacting with people and sharing ideas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Fritsche II, and by a sister, Debra Ann Fritsche who died in childhood.
Surviving family includes his children, Kristas Fritsche of Battle Creek, Michigan and Justin (& Julie) Della-Moretta of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; grandchildren Jovi Rae Della-Moretta and Jira Robyn Della-Moretta; his mother, Patricia Fritsche of Niles; and a sister, Gail (& Gary) Gaiser of Berkley, Michigan, and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Mark Fritsche will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home in Niles with Pastor Bette Thompson of the Broadway Christian Parish officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.