May 6, 1926 - December 21, 2015

 

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Andrew E. Fruth, age 89 of St. Cloud will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Andy died on Monday, December 21, 2015 at St. Benedict’s Center in St. Cloud. Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday (TODAY) at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud with the St. Cloud Fire Department standing honor guard from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parish prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. and the St. Cloud Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post #428 will pray at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Andy was born on May 6, 1926 in St. Cloud to Andrew and Hildegard (Gretsch) Fruth. He graduated from Tech High School and was drafted into the US Navy. After being honorably discharged he returned to St. Cloud and began his career as a Fireman. Andy was a Fireman with the St. Cloud Fire Department for 46 years, serving his last years as Captain. He married Georgia Lopez on November 7, 1980 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Parish and the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post #428.

Andy enjoyed driving, snowmobiling, tractors, hunting and fishing in his earlier years and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing violin and was first chair at Tech High School. He will be remembered for his wisdom, leadership and willingness to help others.

Andy is survived by his wife, Georgia of St. Cloud; children, Louis of Sauk Rapids, Joseph of Hopkins, John of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Shannon Fruth of Cloquet, Patrick of Sauk Rapids, Sheena (Justin) Boop of Silverdale, Washington, Joseph of St. Cloud, Shayla Fruth of Willmar; nine great grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law, Donna Fruth of Sauk Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Tony in 1963; and granddaughter, Shawna Mae Fruth in 1984.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the St. Benedict’s Center, our family and friends for their care and support.