Arthur "Babe" Friess

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church in Cedarburg for Arthur "Babe" Friess of Cedarburg, who passed away early Saturday morning on Oct. 22, 2005 at the age of 94. Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church. Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Babe was born on May 13, 1911 in Cedarburg to the late Arthur and Anna (nee Roos) Friess. He married Louise Pflittner in 1940 and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A lifelong resident of Cedarburg, Babe was an avid athlete. He was a member of the Cedarburg Turners basketball team, the Wastrack Vet fastpitch softball team, the Northern Division Land O’ Lakes basketball championship team and the Meta Mold fastpitch softball team, among others. He was employed by Meta Mold in Cedarburg, from 1940-77, and worked at Standard Machine in Saukville until the age of 83. Babe was the founder of the St. Francis Borgia baseball program and volunteered as coach in the 1960s. He was a member of the baseball Old Timers’ Association of Wisconsin and a diehard Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers’ fan. Next to his family, baseball was his second love.

Babe was a welcome sight as he frequented high school athletic contests that his grandchildren participated in. He enjoyed talking strategy, giving pointers and was always willing to listen and give his wholehearted support. Laughter was his fountain of youth as his 94 years will attest to. His quick wit and ready smile made aIl of us, who were lucky enough to know him, a little better because of it.

The memory of Babe Friess will live on as we fondly remember the little man with the big heart, sitting in his lawn chair next to the Cedarburg Bulldog dugout, cheering on his beloved high school baseball team.

Babe will be fondly remembered by his dear wife Louise; his children Mary (John), Susen and Jack (Karen) Friess; his seven grandchildren Lisa, Jodi, Sara, Cari, Andy, Billy and Danny; and his nine great-grandchildren Bailey, Jered, Carter, Savana, Myles, Marcus, Mason, Bryce and Lucy. He is further survived by three sisters-in-law Alice, Ann and Betty (Harry); along with nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

His brother Clarence preceded him in death.