August “Chris” Fritschmann III

April 6, 1929 - February 25, 2015

04/06/1929 - 02/25/2015

August “Chris” Fritschmann, III, 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. He was the son of the late August Christian Fritschmann, II and Marjorie Fritschmann.

Chris served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from the Norfolk Fire Department after 27 ½ years of service. Chris was the owner of Decorative Service and also worked for the Altmeyer Funeral Home. Chris retired at the age of 82. He was a member of the Church of the Ascension Catholic Church in Virginia Beach; Knights of Columbus, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117, former member of Lynnhaven Masonic Lodge #220 AF & AM and the Khedive Temple where he was a member of the Legion of Honor and the Khedive Highlanders as a bagpiper.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Audrey Fritschmann; and a brother, Harry Fritschmann and his wife June of Chesapeake; sister-in-law, Linda Patterson of Suffolk; niece, Leona Rickerson and he husband Aaron of Suffolk; great nephew, Wyatt and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Valentine Ripley and his Beloved Cats, Bonnie and Clyde.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM Friday, March 6, 2015 followed by a Memorial Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach with inurnment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Ascension Social Ministry.

“His Generous Heart and Willing Hands Will Live Forever in Our Memories”

Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach is in care of the arrangements.

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Greg & Jan Franceski
8 years ago


We are truly saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. Please rest assured that he is resting comfortably at peace with our Lord. He was a great, charitable man, always ready to help others. We also pray for you to trust in our Lord for comfort in the days ahead.

Darien Slim Daughrey
8 years ago

Audrey, our prayers are with you and Chris’s family. Worked with Chis back in the ’60s and early ’70 both in the fire dept and in the drapery business. Always amazed in his energy and stamina. Great guy.

Joyce O'Ryan
8 years ago

Audrey, this saddens me so much. I love Chris and so enjoyed being his friend and working together. I pray that you will find peace and good health and I want you to know that you two have always been in my heart and mind. God Bless you! Love always, Joyce. Good Night Chris..

John Cadell
8 years ago

Chris will live on in our memories as someone who truly cared and gave 175% of himself to everything he did. His well-known faithful commitment to doing his best no matter what will hopefully give you come comfort in these trying days.

Raymond Rickerson
8 years ago

Every once in a while someone comes into your life that you know is a special person,that was Chris.We have shared many family meals together over the last years and always looked forward to Audrey and Chris being with us.Everyone is going to miss him greatly.I once read “when someone you love becomes a memory then those memories become a treasure”.

Norman David Soroko
8 years ago

I so enjoyed working with Chris and hearing his many old stories. He was a pleasure to know and to work with. I was so touched of all the nice things he had to say about my cousins, the Late Alan and Renee Hoffman. Please rest in peace.

Shirley Query
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with Chris’ family during this most difficult time. I will cherish forever the times we worked bingo at Ascension and the wooden cross you gave me after my conversion to Catholicism. Rest in peace my friend.

Bob and Maureen Ianucci
8 years ago

Our sincere sympathies to the Fritchmann family on the loss of this wonderful man. We will always remember his friendship and willingness to help others.

Larry Garrels
8 years ago

So sorry to hear about Chris. Our prayers are with the family. God Bless!!!!!

Linda L Huff
8 years ago

We were so sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Glen and I were friends of his from Baylake UMC where he worked tirelessly for the Lord. He was an amazing man and will be dearly missed. Praying God’s loving comforting arms around all of you. Love, Linda and Glen Huff