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September 21, 2019

8/19/2019 7:33:00 AM
Fritsch, Phyllis Ann

Phyllis Ann Fritsch born April 20, 1942 died August 14, 2019 at Upland Hills Health Nursing and Rehabilitation center due to pancreatic cancer. Phyllis was the oldest daughter of Burral and Freda (Davies) Jones.
Phyllis's career started in the Hollandale clinic doing medical records and transcription for Dr. Marshall. While working there she met and married Arnold Fritsch. She was instrumental in starting the first EKG program at the Edgerton hospital. Phyllis was a Dodgeville General Hospital Board member for 5 years and also active on the board for the 1974 merger between Dodgeville General and Dodgeville St. Joseph's Hospitals into the Memorial Hospital of Iowa County (MHIC). She remained on the MHIC board for another 5 years. In 1979 Phyllis started her career with MHIC and later Upland Hills Health as Director of Medical Records and held several other titles including President/CEO for the last 9 years before retiring in 2013. During her 34 years with the hospital, Phyllis was directly involved with several building programs and expansions, clinic purchases, and the recruitment of many new physicians and other medical professionals to bring expanded healthcare services to the people of Iowa County.
Phyllis understood the importance of educating community members on how their generosity could help strengthen local healthcare. In 2002 Phyllis and several volunteer board members organized the Upland Hills Health Foundation which raised $1 million in five years and continues raising funds for equipment and special projects.
Phyllis was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, U. S. Health and Human Services in the Obama administration to raise awareness and focus on rural health issues around the country including Iowa County. Phyllis was also involved in the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and Wisconsin Hospital Association.
Phyllis was a chair and founding member of the Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation, and after retiring from UHH, she worked as the City of Dodgeville Economic Specialist for nearly two years.
Above all, Phyllis' connection to God and her Church was the highest importance in her life. She served as church organist much of her life and as a church board member and Sunday School teacher. Phyllis' faith in God and prayer life is what she relied on and trusted in for daily living as well as every difficult situation and major decision. Everyone who knew her will miss her faith connection and loving, grace-filled example.
Phyllis has joined her parents in heaven and leaves behind her husband Arnold of 56 years; sons Paul (Jim Hartman) and Wayne (Jessie); grandchildren Paige (Luke) Kramer, Bethany (Bruce) Hart, Karissa Fritsch, Margo Fritsch, and Ryan Fritsch; great-grandchildren Aubriella Hart, Jaxon and Julia Kramer; sisters Mary Claire Jones and Beth Jones (Jack Engelke).
Funeral services for Phyllis Fritsch will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the EDMUND EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH. Pastor Douglas Tremelling will officiate. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cobb. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Upland Hills Health Foundation or Iowa County Cancer Coalition are encouraged.
Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers
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