Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rest in Peace, Regina!

I want to let you all know that John's mom, Regina, passed away peacefully last Wednesday.  She was quite sick - - from heart disease and an autoimmune disorder called CREST Syndrome.  We are very saddened by her loss, but find comfort that she is no longer suffering and we know that she is in Heaven with her loved ones.

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”                     ~Second Corinthians 5:1~

Here is her obituary:


Regina D. Fritchman, 79, of Nazareth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Allen W. Fritchman with whom she shared 48 years of marriage before his death in 2009.  Born in Nazareth on September 02, 1936, she was a daughter of the late John and Katie (Bensing) Hagenbuch.  Regina was a graduate of Nazareth High School, class of 1954.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the County of Northampton at Gracedale as a medical assistant for 30 years.  Regina was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nazareth, where she was a past president of the council, served on the worship, music and 150th anniversary committees, and sang on choir.  Survivors: She is survived by her sons, John A. Fritchman and his wife, Sharon of Nazareth and James W. Fritchman and his wife, Janice of Hatboro; four grandchildren, Katie, Anne, Sarah and Michael; a brother, Walter Hagenbuch and his wife, Sandy of Boston, Massachusetts; a sister, Irene Neel of Palmer Township; along with many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Allen, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marian Fair and Bernice Butz.  Services: will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 S. Broad Street, Nazareth, PA 18064.  Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday morning from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. all in the church.  Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Hecktown.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, Inc., Village of Moorestown – Bath.  Contributions: may be made in memory of Regina to the Music Fund and/or the Building Fund of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I would like to share some photos of her:

 . . . as a child:

with her siblings:

  . . . from her wedding:

   . . .  family photos:

In conclusion, I am sharing a verse from one of her favorite hymns:

Abide With Me,  Hymn #552
"Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!"

Text: Luke 24: 29
Author: Henry F. Lyte
Composer: William H. Monk

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful thoughts and prayers, too.  Hugs!


  1. A lovely tribute and a beautiful collection of photo's you have
    Mary x

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Those are beautiful photos. Big hugs!

  3. What a lovely, lovely post honouring your MIL... She had a good life, & those photos are really nice, too:):) I find it interesting reading about other peeps & what they've done in life. As peeps age, unless we've always known them , you sort of forget that they have done other stuff than just being old. It's nice to celebrate how they lived their life, I think. Sorry.... Rambling on.... !!!!

  4. I'm so sorry for you and your family, Sharon. But, as you said, she's at peace now and that's comforting to know. This was a lovely post honoring her and keeping her memory alive.

  5. The photos are beautiful! When my mother died back in 2001, the Lord told me this: "Mary Ann, she's been reunited with your father, and they're dancing up here!" I keep that with me always. Just wait till we all get there!

  6. Beautiful heartfelt post, Sharon, sorry for your family's loss. Those photos are just beautiful....xo

  7. I loved seeing the photos. Her smile is contagious! What a beautiful woman. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Thinking of you and your family, Sharon. Thank the Lord you can rest in the peace of knowing she is with her Savior. Such beautiful, photo mementos, too! Hugs!

  9. So sorry for your loss. I am sure that the Lord is a comfort to you at this time...and now she is dancing with the angels.

  10. My love and sincere sympathy to all your family on the great loss of your mum in law.. Beautiful tribute and photos.. And praise God that for us who believe and love Him know that death is just a short separation until we all meet on Heavens shores.... Lots of love...

  11. What a beautiful post Sharon, thank you for sharing more about her. Love seeing those older photos, so fun to see them isn't it. Hugs and prayers dear friend.

  12. A beautiful post Sharon and Regina looks like she had a full and good life! I am sad to hear that she was ill and also hope that she finds her peace and health! For the family that stays behind...I wish you peace and comfort too! xx

  13. So sorry for your loss. Those photos are lovely. Praying for your family at this difficult time and sending hugs.

  14. I am very sorry for your loss. I love the wedding photos and am glad that your will preserve her legacy by passing these on.

  15. So sorry for your loss,these photos will be very cherished

  16. So sorry You and Your family must go through this sadness now.Your Bible verse is wonderful to claim and lean on during a death of a loved one and Our own future.The tribute to Your Mother In Law was the best I have seen in Blogland-Blessings to You and Your family as You grieve.Denise

  17. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news, Sharon. I'm sending hugs and prayers your way.

  18. I am sorry for your loss Sharon, big hug to you!


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