Anita Virginia Wirth Fries, 93, passed away quietly at the Southerlands Assisted Living Home, in Front Royal, Va., on Feb. 23, 2012.

Anita Virginia Wirth Fries, 93, passed away quietly at the Southerlands Assisted Living Home, in Front Royal, Va., on Feb. 23, 2012. Formerly of Dansville, Mrs. Fries has spent the last five years living with her daughters, Mary Kay Fries Moose (James) and Joanne Fries Richmond (David). She was the wife of Cletus G. Fries, who died in 2004.


Anita was born in Dansville on Aug. 10, 1918, to Andrew and Veronica Fox Wirth. She was the oldest of seven siblings. Her sister, Dorothy Marquardt; and brothers, Arthur Wirth and Lawrence Wirth pre-deceased her.


She is survived by her sister, Irene Lown (Richard); and  brother, Andrew Wirth Jr. (Joyce), who reside in Dansville, and her brother, Richard Wirth (Juanita) who reside in Lutz, Fla.


Mrs. Fries had five grandchildren, Robert and Ryan Moose of Richmond, Va., Jefferey and Jason Richmond of Front Royal, Va., and Jody Ann Fries Richmond and her husband Mark Knowlton, of Morgantown, W.Va.  This day was a special day, as her first great-grand-daughter, Ember Jane Fries Knowlton, was born.  God chose this day to take one life and give us a new life. Our family has been blessed. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


Anita attended Dansville High School and began working for the Danahy Faxon Store on Main Street where her husband “Clete” managed the meat department. The store later changed its name to the MGA Store. She was employed as a secretary for the Dansville Gas and Electric Company, and then became a teller at Security Trust Bank now Community Bank, where she retired after 20 years of service.


Anita was a communicant at St. Mary’s Church in Dansville, where she was a member of the Christian Woman’s Club, volunteered with the St. Mary’s School library, and assisted with the bookkeeping for the parish for many years.


She and her husband “Clete” volunteered with “Meals on Wheels.” She worked at the gift shop at Noyes Memorial Hospital and served on the volunteer board. Her favorite pastime was playing bridge each week with her best friends and having lunch at the Old Madrid.


Calling hours for Mrs. Fries will be at the Sullivan Funeral Home in Dansville 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church on at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Moose, Ryan Moose, James Moose, Jason Richmond, Jefferey Richmond, and David Richmond.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 43 Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY, 14437.


Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the James Moose residence, Front Royal, VA 22630.