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Ardyce Fritson

June 11, 1934 — February 6, 2017

Ardyce P. (Bartels) Fritson of Franklin, Nebraska, was born June 11, 1934, in Franklin County, Nebraska, to Rudolph and Esther (Sinnen) Bartels. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Upland, Nebraska, by Pastor Otto Heintz.

Ardyce attended several rural schools in Franklin, County. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1952. After graduating, she earned her Registered Nursing Degree from Methodist Nursing School in Omaha, Nebraska. She resided in Franklin County, while serving as a nurse at Franklin County Memorial Hospital for 45 years as a Registered Nurse, and later as the Director of Nursing.

She married Mervin Fritson on January 15, 1955, at Zion Lutheran Church in Upland, Nebraska. Five children were born to their marriage - Nancy, Diana, Randall, Steven and Ronald. Mervin preceded her in death on May 25, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter - Nancy; Dad - Rudolph Bartels: and brother - Neil Bartels.

While working as a full-time nurse, she assisted on the farm and cared for her children. Ardyce served at Zion American Lutheran Church in various capacities, always making her faith, family, and community a priority in her life.

Upon her retirement she continued to serve the community volunteering with specialty clinics, the Blood Mobile, Mobile Imaging Unit, Relay for Life, and the Franklin County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Near and dear to Ardyce were reading, attending her grandchildren's activities, women's weekly card club with her closest friends, and maintaining her flower garden. She was a loving, kind, and gentle mother to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Family and God meant the world to her always making it a point to make them first. Until her passing, Ardyce cherished her mother Esther Bartels, who continues to reside in Franklin.

Ardyce died Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Franklin Care and Rehabilitation Center, in Franklin, Nebraska, at the age of 82 years, 7 months, and 25 days.

Other survivors include - her daughter - Diana and husband, Rex Santero of Ogallala, Nebraska; three sons - Randall and wife, Krista Fritson of Kearney, Nebraska, Steven and wife, Jill Fritson of Minden, Nebraska, and Ronald and wife, Kristi Fritson of Franklin, Nebraska; her grandchildren - Shannon and husband, Casper Corfield of Oshkosh, Nebraska, Shalee and husband, Jason Krajewski of Ogallala, Nebraska, Jessica and Drew Fritson of Kearney, Nebraska, Jennifer and husband, Mark Favinger of Minot, North Dakota, Laura Fritson of Omaha, Nebraska, Justin Fritson of Upland, Kurtis and Kenton Fritson of Franklin, Nebraska; four great-grandchildren - Carver, Bailey, Kiera and Addison; her two brothers - Roger and wife, Linda Bartels of Kearney, Nebraska, and Dean Bartels of Denver, Colorado; a sister - Allison and husband, Mark Morris of Hildreth, Nebraska; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service for Ardyce P. Fritson will be (was) Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church, Macon, Nebraska, with Pastors Baron and Nancy Cole officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery, Macon, Nebraska. Visitation will be Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Zion American Lutheran Church, Macon, Nebraska, or Franklin County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin. Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Friday, February 03, 2017
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Hutchins Funeral Home
1402 M Street
Franklin, Nebraska 68939

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 04, 2017
11:00 AM

Zion American Lutheran Church

Macon, Nebraska

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