In Memory of Manfred "Fred" Litzenberger

Gathering of Family and Friends (masks and social distancing required)

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday April 18, 2021
Old Ptaceks Event Center
1449 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

Memorial Service

11:30 am
Sunday April 18, 2021
Old Ptaceks Event Center
1449 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

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Manfred “Fred” John Litzenberger was a caring husband, father, opa, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend. He left this world suddenly on April 5, 2021 at the age of 61.

He was born to German immigrants Jakob and Gerlinde Litzenberger on December 5, 1959 in Illinois. He became a big brother to Monica and carried out antics with his cousin John. He had an enriched childhood learning a great deal about being a first generation American. He was fluent in both German and English, which came in handy when he went to visit his relatives overseas. Fred also pursued a love for the trumpet and bugle. This led him to meeting his best friend, Glenn Banfi.

His greatest adventure awaited him after his family moved to Galesville, Wisconsin as a young teen. At school he met his beloved wife, Ann. They became inseparable. A photo became a testament to their love in their high school yearbook. It was captioned saying, “Fred and Ann always together.” He proudly proclaimed his bride was his one true love. They married in 1980 and spent almost 41 magical years pursuing their dreams. They moved to Prescott, Wisconsin and set down roots in the community.  Fred lived a life full of service. He was proud of his years as a volunteer: firefighter (Dodge and Trempealeau), EMT (Prescott), and police officer (Prescott).

Fred’s legacy lives on in his wife, Ann; three cherished children: Amanda (Dave), Amber (Sean), and Adam (Weili), and four prized grandchildren: Howie, Freya, Elowen, and Petra; and sister, Monica (Tony) Oliver. His commitment and devotion to family was unfathomable. He was also a dedicated son-in-law to Robert and Mary Walski; as well as, a brother-in-law, cousin, nephew, and uncle to many. He gave his heart freely to each of them.  Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Jakob and Gerlinde Litzenberger.

Fred touched the lives of many. He will be remembered for his humor, logic, pride, adventurousness, caring spirit, goofiness, loyalty, and love. He was committed to seizing every moment in life. He was often found traveling, camping, motorcycling, hunting, dancing, hiking, biking, and watching football. He lived life full throttle.

A Celebration of Fred’s life (masks and social distancing encouraged) will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 AM Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Old Ptacek’s Event Center in Prescott.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM with Pastor Steve Meyer officiating.  The service will be livestreamed to the Joy Lutheran Church Facebook page.  A reception for family and friends will follow.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott (715) 262-5404.  www.oconnellbenedict.com

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  • Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. I just cannot believe this. Too young.
    Take care of yourself. Allow all the memories of your many trips around the country and Europe, with Fred and the kids to cheer when you are down. The two you always put each other first. Let the memories of your love carry you forward. I am in shock and so sad. Take care of yourself. Warmly, Shannon

  • I had the privilege of serving with Fred on Prescott EMS for many years. He was a great guy who enjoyed giving back to his community. My sympathies to Ann and the family. RIP my friend.

  • As a life long friend and classmate of Fred, the news of his passing has me in shock. I haven’t seen him or Ann for some time now but when we would see each other it was like there had been no time lost. It seemed like Fred never changed a single bit in the 50 years that I knew him. The obituary certainly described him well. Godspeed Fred, and until we meet again, please watch over all of us here on Earth. To Ann & Monica; my heart aches for your loss of this beloved man. May God’s strength hold you and your entire family up during these difficult days.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and
    your family. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing.
    God Bless.

  • Ann,

    So sorry to hear this as we had many good time on our bike trips over the years. Fred always enjoyed those trips and alway lived them up with his humor. Pam and I are very sorry for your families loss. Pam and I no longer live in Minnesota and are sorry that we will miss Fred’s Funeral.

    Praying for your Family!

    Steve and Pam Dubej

  • Fred was one of a kind. He was not just a wonderful Co-worker, he was one of my best friends. I miss him so much. Heaven gained one great angel.