Editor's note: Mayor Bob Beussman has shared this letter, received from Ivo Gnner, Lord Mayor of the City of Ulm, Germany, marking the passing of Lois Fritsche.
Dear Mayor Beussman,
I have been informed that Lois Fritsche, our dear friend in New Ulm has died last week, on Sunday, March 4.
The City of Ulm has a special relationship with New Ulm. There is a historical link between us and we still have in mind that people from New Ulm helped Ulm after the First and Second World War when we needed help so urgently. The Fritsche family had a main part in establishing the good relations and help for us. Lois and her husband Theodore Roosevelt Fritsche were establishing the Sister City relationship in New Ulm. It was found in the early 1950s and is still a link between the cities of New Ulm, Ulm and Neu-Ulm.
We know that it were Lois and Ted Fritsche who fostered this Sister City program and as a consequence we honoured the former Mayor of New Ulm, Ted Fritsche 2007 with the naming of a bridge in Ulm. Thomas Fritsche, the son of Lois and Ted Fritsche came over to Ulm, when the bridge was opened and we were glad that we had the chance to meet him here in Ulm.
I met Lois Fritsche when they were in Ulm in the nineties and I was impressed by her - Mayor Gunter Czisch and Dorothea Hemminger met her and her family when they we were in New Uim for the Herman's Celebration in 2009. They told me about the exceptional vital old lady who was still very interested in the guests from Ulm.
For many decades Lois and Ted Fritsche came to Ulm and gained many friends in our city. We are sad. that Lois has died now but we are grateful for what she did for us, for her help for all Germans coming over to New Ulm and for the good spirit that was for us. Please tell her children and the citizens of New Ulm that we will not forget her here in Ulm.
With kind regards
Lord Mayor of the City of Ulm