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Former commissioner Gettelfinger dies

Former commissioner Gettelfinger dies
Former commissioner Gettelfinger dies
Joseph F. Gettelfinger

Former Harrison County Commissioner Joseph F. (Fritz) Gettelfinger died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. He was 86.

Gettelfinger was born in Ramsey on Sept. 18, 1934, and was residing in the New Salisbury area at the time of his death.

He retired from Pillsbury, where he worked on the production line and was a member of the labor relations committee, and he was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Frenchtown.

In Harrison County, he served on the board of commissioners, including as chairman from 1972 to 1976. He spent many years on the county’s plan commission and board of zoning appeals.

“Mr. Gettelfinger was a straight shooter,” said Eric Wise, the Harrison County planner. “And if he believed in something, you could bet he would let you know. As county commissioner, Fritz left his mark by  advocating for planning and zoning and, thanks to his leadership and foresight, residents have been able to influence how and where development occurs for over 47 years.”

Gettelfinger was laid to rest Thursday in the St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in Frenchtown following a funeral Mass at the church. Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey handled the arrangements.