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Mary J. Fricke

November 24, 1930 October 5, 2019
Mary J. Fricke
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Mary J. Fricke (nee Romozzi), age 88, a resident of Naperville, IL since 2002, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Naperville. She was born November 24, 1930 in Chicago.

Beloved mother of Joe (Jackie) Fricke, adored grandmother of Joe (Megan) Fricke, cherished great-grandmother of Bauer Fricke, former spouse of the late Joseph C. Fricke, devoted daughter of the late Amerigo and Teresa Romozzi, dear sister of Marge (James) Cherry of Washington, NC, the late Dominick (the late Mary) Romozzi and the late Henry (the late Darlene) Romozzi, fond aunt and godmother of Mike (Shannon) Romozzi, fond aunt of Dom Romozzi, Bill (Renee) Cherry, Jim Cherry, Robert Romozzi, Henry (Annmarie) Romozzi, Linda (Ken) Romozzi, Sharon (the late Butch) McLaughlin, the late Donna Romozzi, Terry (Guadalupe) Ortiz, Sue Larson and Debbie (Chet) Turcza, fond cousin, great-aunt and friend of many.

Mary grew up in Chicago and worked at The Ansel Simplex Book Bindery and as a restaurant server. Mary owned and operated Trader Smith Tavern on Central Avenue in Chicago from 1968-1988. She later worked for Jewel-Osco and as a bartender at the Villa Restaurant in Chicago and Villa Brunetti in Brookfield, IL. She worked up until the age of 80 at Pickerman Deli in Aurora/Naperville, IL before retiring.

Mary was strong willed, loved to stay busy working and helping others. She was a caregiver who put family first. Mary will be remembered for her independence, her sage advice and for the many longtime relationships she established.

Mary's hobbies included socializing, visiting family and friends, and many forms of gaming. She also enjoyed watching the Cubs, Bears and various game shows.

Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 3:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL.

Services will begin Thursday, October 10, 9:15 AM from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville.

Interment: Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to:

Naperville Responds for Our Veterans, 210 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, (331) 684-7899,


St. Thomas the Apostle Care Pantry, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 355-8980.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit

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3:00 PM 10/9/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/9/2019 8:00:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM 10/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Mount Carmel Cemetery Final Resting Place

1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162

1400 S. Wolf Road Hillside 60162 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Naperville Responds For Our Veterans

210 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540

St. Thomas the Apostle Care Pantry

1500 Brookdale Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563

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