Fritz H. Graese – August 12, 1945 – January 3, 2012

| January 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

Obituary submitted by Andy Anderson, photos by Tom & Mary Glover

Fritz (Frederick) H. Graese, 66, passed on to eternal life Jan 3, 2012.  A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30pm on Sunday, January 8th at Peace Lutheran Church in Sterling.  Fritz’s remains will be laid to rest in Alaska at a later time.  Fritz owned businesses in Atwood and in Sterling for many years before retiring to Seldovia, Alaska in the summer months as captain of a fishing charter.  He embraced life and all its experiences and his many friends and acquaintances he made along the way.

Jackie and Fritz Graese

Jackie and Fritz Graese

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jackie; by his children Nicole Graese Mattos and husband Ricardo of Indianapolis, Mike and wife Ramona of Denver and Kurt of Anchorage; grandchildren, Luis Felipe and Isabella Graese Mattos; brother, Dick Graese and wife Barbara; sisters, Judy Graese and husband Tennyson and Charlotte Comstock and husband Don; and brother-in-law, Ted Fritschell; and many cousins nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Hildegarde Graese; and sister, Nancy Fritschel.  In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made in Fritz’s name to the Seldovia Alaska Arts Council (PO Box 41, Seldovia, Alaska 99663) or the Ocean Conservancy (

Fritz and Fellow Captain/friend Red Kvarford in Seldovia

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  1. Stanley L Cates says:

    Although we only made one trip with Fritz we felt like family, not customers. A very special guy. We have made hundreds of fishing trips in our lives, but the one with Fritz stands out as very special.

    Stan & Glenda Cates

  2. We are deeply saddened by Fritz’s death, and our prayers are with Jackie, the family, and our Seldovia community. He was a kind, honest man with such a loving family. He will be missed.

  3. Yvette and Bob Thiede says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and the family! I loved bumping into Fritz at the dock in Seldovia! He was always friendly, conversing, and engaging with our little boys!

  4. Sunni Hilts says:

    It is hard to write anything right now, because it is still not believable. We will miss Fritz, but that reality is not here yet. What I do know is that he was a special friend.

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