Wilson Frederick "Fritz" Harsdorff passed away peacefully in his home on May 11, 2020 at the age of 94. Born in 1925 to David Christen Harsdorff and Maggie McKenzie Harsdorff in Woodsboro, Texas, he served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict before marrying his wife, Jo Becker Harsdorff, in 1952. In 1954, Fritz and Jo moved to New Orleans, where Fritz worked as a general assignment reporter and eventual managing editor for the Times-Picayune until his retirement in 1989. Outside of his career in the newsroom, he was a devoted father to three children: Mark Harsdorff (deceased), Lori Harsdorff Lorio and Joseph Harsdorff. In his later years, he could often be seen laughing with friends and family from the porch of his home in Algiers Point. Fritz's memory will be kept alive by his wife of 68 years, two of his children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, a service will be announced at a later date. JACOB SCHOEN & SON is in charge of the arrangements.
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