Fritzie Dretel, 91, a retired music teacher at Danbury Public School, has died
Freida “Fritzie” Dretel
Freida “Fritzie” Dretel, 91, a retired music educator from Danbury Public School, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mrs. Dretel was the wife of the late Martin George Dretel. She was born in Hackensack, NJ on September 18, 1930, the daughter of the late Leon and Jean (Lempert) Reiter. Education: She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western State University. She also attended the Julliard School of Music and Montclair State Teachers College.
A retired music teacher, she taught at Sherman and Danbury CT for twenty years. Ms. Dretel was a member of the Hadassah Women’s Organization. While residing in Boynton Beach, Florida, she volunteered at several assisted living facilities playing the piano for the residents’ entertainment. She had resided in Myrtle Beach since 2016 and had moved from Florida to be closer to her daughter. At the assisted living facility, she gave piano concerts and created a choir that performed for residents and families.
With her music and her compassionate heart, she touched many people of all ages. She loved to laugh, drink wine, and play Mahjongg and board games. Above all, she loved her family and had a real joie de vivre. Mrs. Dretel is survived by daughter Donna Kozlowski and husband James of Calabash, son Alan M. Dretel of Sherman, CT, sister Annette Friend and husband Evan of San Diego, CA, grandchildren, David Dretel, Aaron Dretel, Rachael Leah Black, Laura Beth Black and her great-grandchildren, Hunter David Dretel, Jake Alan Dretel, Luke Richard Dretel, Emmett Dretel, Shiloh Dretel, Gideon Dretel, Felicity Dretel and Silas Dretel.
In addition to her husband and parents, Ms. Dretel died, a son, David Joel Dretel, and brother Bernard Reiter. Funeral service and cemetery interment will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 12:00 noon at B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Miry Brook Rd., Danbury with Rabbi Jon Haddon officiating. Contributions in memory of Ms. Dretel may be made to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach c/o Tina Hunter, PO Box 3369, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
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