Ruth Fries

Ruth Fries
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Ruth E. Fries, nee Gabriel, 89, of Belleville, IL, born April 13, 1926, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Fries was retired from Belleville Township High School District 201.  She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, James A. Fries Sr., whom she married on May 17, 1947, and who died on August 24, 2012; an infant son, Randy Fries; her parents, August and Hilda, nee Dietz, Gabriel; two brothers, August and Donald Gabriel; and a sister, Myra Wittenauer.

Surviving are her three sons, James A. Jr. (Tracey) Fries of Winder, GA,
Michael J. Fries (fiancee, Linda Peck) of Belleville, IL,
and Jeffrey S. Fries of Belleville, IL;
five grandchildren, Master Sgt. Matthew J. Fries, U.S. Army,
Major Natalie (husband, Nathan) Walker, USMC,
Samuel Jackson, Brittany Fries, and Jacob Fries;
a great-grandson, Carson Jackson;
and a great-granddaughter, Adelaide Walker.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations and memorials be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.  Monday, June 15, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Joshua Pittman officiating.  Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Ruth Fries

Farewell to my dear cousin.

Shirley Dever, Norwalk, ct, 06855

So sorry to hear about Ruth. Everytime I play Jeopardy I think of her. Our prayers are with you.

Herb & Helen Schwind

Herb Schwind, Ventura, CA, 93003

Hi Jeff, sorry to hear you have lost your dear mother.

Dorothy Cherry, Bellevile, ,

Dear members of the Fries Family,
I am sorry to learn of Mrs. Fries passing. My mother and I sat at the table next to Ruth’s in the Apartment dining room for several months. Ruth and I had pleasant conversations and I knew Mabel, one of Ruth’s Pinochle partners.
Like Ruth, I worked for many years in schools, (Marquette High School in Alton, Southwestern Illinois and Forest Park Community College) until I developed Lou Gehrig’s disease at fifty -two. I was very grateful that my brother was able to purchase from Mrs. Fries, at a quite reasonable price the motorized scooter that had been her brother’s. This vehicle makes my life much easier on the long halls of St. Paul’s nursing home, where my mother and I now live. I will always be grateful for Ruth’s kindness.
God bless her and her family.
Greg Voss

Gregory Voss, Belleville, IL, 62220

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Ruth Fries. May all of your great and happy memories help you through this difficult time of sorrow. She was such a wonderful person to work with at East. I will never forget her and the way she handled the students she had to work with – always smiling!

LaVerne and Barney Elser, Swansea, IL, 62226

Expressing my sympathy. Ruth was my “tablemate” at St Paul’s Retirement apartment and I enjoyed her company. She was very proud of her family. My prayers are with all of you.

Virginia Barthel, Belleville, IL, 62221

Thinking of you and your family.
Very sorry to hear about Ruth.
When I think of her I will remember her Laugh and smile when I would tease her.
Phil & Steph Tegtmeier

Stephanie Tegtmeier, Belleville, IL, 62226

So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. Grew up in the same neighborhood. Remember Auntie Bossler& Doris; Shirley & Charlie Travous. Also a member of the Memorial Auxiliary with Ruth. Unable to make it to the wake but wanted to express my regrets. God bless each of you as you mourn her passing.

Myrtle L. Hamby West, Belleville, IL, 62220


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