Frederick “Fritz” Briscoe

Frederick Briscoe

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Briscoe, Fredrick “Fritz” passed away on May, 15, 2019.

Born in Milwaukee, WI on April 9, 1937, he spent approximately 34 years in the field of education. These experiences included teaching and administration for the Marquette Public Schools as well as a brief teaching stay at Montague High School during the illness of his father. He was the Director of English Language Instruction (ESL) for the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico. While there, he received the Army Commendation Medal. He was a graduate teaching assistant at Michigan State University and finished his career as a faculty member at Central Michigan University for 24 years until his retirement in 1996. He received Excellence in Teaching Awards from MSU and CMU.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fredrick G. Briscoe and Miriam Hahn Briscoe, as well as by his brother Robert Hahn Briscoe. All were part of a close-knit and loving family. Also preceding him in death were his aunts, Priscilla Briscoe Pfannenstiel, Nellie Mae Briscoe, Emma Krueger Hahn, Florence (Stolte) Hahn and uncles, John Briscoe, Dr. R.H. Hahn, and Lawrence Hahn, cousin Florence Hahn Steen.

He is survived by his cousins Lawrence Hahn of Rockford, IL, Dr. Keith and Dr. Carmen Brisco of Overland Park, KS and John Briscoe of Harrisburg, SD.

Membership at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids was one of the highlights of his life. Being able to be a caregiver for his bright and wonderful brother, Bob, for thirty-eight years was another special time in his life. Fritz was blessed beyond belief with many wonderful and special friends who remained with him during the good and difficult times in his life. To all of them he will be eternally grateful.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church 227 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Reedsburg, WI and the Columbarium at First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be sent to: The First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids Work Program 227 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; the Fred, Miriam, Bob and Fritz Briscoe Scholarship Fund: Grand Rapids Community Foundation 185 Oakes St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Bay Cliff Health Camp. PO Box 310, Big Bay, Michigan 49808.

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