Chris­tine A. Fritch

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

EAS­TON — Chris­tine A. Fritch, 100, a re­tired U.S. Navy nurse, who served the coun­try dur­ing World War II, passed away Mon­day, Sept. 5, 2016, at Can­dle Light Cove As­sisted Liv­ing Cen­ter, Eas­ton.

Born June 22, 1916 in Sham­rock, PA, she was the daugh­ter of the late Katie Christman and Austin Fritch. Her de­sire to get away from the farm she grew up on and go to the city led her to at­tend nurs­ing school at the age of 18 and worked as a nurse in a hospi­tal in New York. She later joined the Navy around 1943. Chris­tine was one of the first of a hand­ful of Amer­i­can nurses in oc­cu­pied Ja­pan dur­ing World War II, and also was one of the first nurses in the Philip­pines. She was as­signed to be the per­sonal nurse of Chester Wil­liam Nimitz, a fleet ad­mi­ral with the U.S. Navy, in his fi­nal months. Fritch spent about 20 years in the U.S. Navy and even­tu­ally was pro­moted to com­man­der, the high­est rank a fe­male could at­tain at the time. Fritch al­ways was ded­i­cated to her naval ca­reer.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the Navy, Fritch worked into her 80s and did a va­ri­ety of jobs, rang­ing from real es­tate to work­ing in a doc­tor’s of­fice.

Chris­tine joined the Can­dle­light Cove com­mu­nity this past Jan­uary, af­ter in­jur­ing her­self in a fall. Prior to the fall, one of her great­est loves was trav­el­ing and tak­ing cruises. She went on two or three cruises a year. When she was 90, Fritch took a cruise around the world, alone, which is some­thing she al­ways had wanted to do.

She had a very strong per­son­al­ity and was used to be­ing in charge. She ruled her fam­ily; but she was also a very com­pas­sion­ate per­son. She was very good to her fam­ily, she was al­ways step­ping up and help­ing out.

Sur­viv­ing is her sis­ter Ber­nice Miller; niece Kath­leen Bodey of Eas­ton; nephew Robert Miller of Carlisle, PA, along with other nieces and neph­ews.

In keep­ing with Chris­tine’s wishes, ser­vices will be pri­vate.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to New­comb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.

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