LISTENING – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski listens in the audience as she's introduced during Wednesday's Sitka Chamber of Commerce meeting at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Murkowski and members of her staff spent the day in Sitka visiting with constituents. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kelly D. Fritz, Former Sitkan, Dies in Florida

Kelly D. Fritz


Kelly Dianne Fritz, 56, passed away at home in Sebring, Florida, on Thursday, January 23, 2020, surrounded by her loving husband and mother.
She was born in Sitka on June 2, 1963, to Patrick and Carol Ann Welsh.
Kelly is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 16 years Jay Fritz; sons Patrick Kerley and David Carey both of Missouri; mother, Carol Ann Power of  Sebring; father, Patrick (Florence) Welsh of Sitka; sisters Karin Johnson of Washington,  Anna Maria Welsh of Minnesota, Cory Welsh of Sitka, adopted sister Rachel Ulrich of Sitka; step-brothers: Hal (Rosa) Power of Oklahoma, Sean (Marianne) Power of Missouri, Roy Uber of Sitka; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Kelly was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents; brothers Ronnie Welsh, Marty Welsh, and John Paul Welsh of Sitka; and stepfather, Ross Power of Washington.
Kelly was a retired licensed registered nurse, a career she loved. She was a genuine homebody who enjoyed crafts, home decorating, making memories with family and friends to last a lifetime, and she loved animals, especially her own fur babies.
As a teenager, she was a much-appreciated Sitka Daily Sentinel carrier.
Friends and family describe her as a compassionate, caring, feisty, and a courageous woman who overcame many life challenges with a smile and determination.
 Kelly and Jay met at a Little Sturgis motorcycle rally in Kentucky, and they returned to that same rally to have 30,000 bikers witness their wedding.
Kelly was loved by all and will be greatly missed but never forgotten. A family celebration of her life to be held later. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made in Kelly’s memory to St. Jude’s Hospital.
Arrangements have been by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Homes in Sebring. Online condolences can be sent to

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