Anne Katherine Fretwell Mintz passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at her home following a long illness. Anne was born in Savannah, Ga during a hurricane on September 18, 1928, to Howard and Annie Bunger Fretwell. The family lived “over the store” – Bunger’s Grocery Store on Ogeechee Road – which her grandfather established after immigrating from Germany in the 19th Century.
Anne graduated from Savannah High School in 1947, where she was editor for the Blue and White school newspaper. Following high school, she earned her associates degree in Home Economics from Armstrong Junior College.
Anne first met the love of her life William S. (Billy) Mintz when they attended Miss Ella Lebey’s Kindergarten together. They later became high school sweethearts and married in June 1949. A year later they established their home in Wymberley on the Isle of Hope in 1950 where they raised four children. They were blessed to have had 73 wonderful years together.
Anne worked at Levy and Kiley architectural firm until her children were born and became a full-time homemaker. After the last of the children were in school, Anne became a kindergarten teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and a substitute teacher in the Chatham County public schools.
Anne was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was long active with WELCA and Circle #7, the Altar Guild, and other committees. During the 1970’s and 80’s she and her husband served as youth advisors. She loved her church and her church family.
Anne was twice president of the Wymberley Garden Club where she was a member for nearly 70 years. She was also an Exchangette.
Anne loved to travel, having many adventures around the world, but the place that brought her the most joy was her mountain cabin Minderell near Boone, NC.
Anne’s artistry and talent showed through all she did whether it be arranging flowers, sewing, baking, crafting and other creative pursuits. She loved watching birds and was an avid reader. She was an excellent cook and hosted a family Sunday Dinner at her home every week.
Her grandchildren will remember her unconditional love and warmth and the attention she gave them all. No child in the family spent the night with the grandparents without a lullaby sung, a fairytale told, or a book read to them at bedtime.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, brother Howard Fretwell, and sons-in-law Wesley (Skip) Bishop and Lee Gaudry. She is survived by her husband William (Billy) Mintz, Son Bill (Kheira) Mintz, Daughters Daphne Bishop, Candace Green (Maurice), and Alison Gaudry. Grandchildren: Stormy Chatham (Todd); Misty Bryant (Rick); Katherine Mintz; Zachary Mintz; Cody Mintz; Kerry Walsh (Kate); Marshall Green (Jennifer); Hillary Green (Shawn Adams). Greatgrandchildren: Keileigh, Kaylee, Dakota, Rivers, Connor, Addalee, Coraline, and Zoey and other “grandchildren of the heart” including Tabitha Weaver and her son Anthony who had the privilege of also calling her grandma.
Visitation will be 11:00 am Monday, August 15th at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 West 31st Street, Savannah, GA 31401 with a funeral service officiated by Rev. Peter J. Hartmann beginning at noon. Those wishing to make memorials may do so to St. Paul’s.
My heart goes out to you on the loss of your mother. I pray Mr. Billy will be okay. Another longtime Isle of Hope icon has left us. We are all better for having known her.
- Brad Wittfeld, Savannah, GA
Dear Daphne and family, All of you are in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless!
- Patti & Bruce Pharis, Chapin, SC
I Am Blessed To Be Facebook Friends With Her Daughter, Daphne, Whom Always Wishes Everyone A Good Morning Every Single Day Of The Year ♥️.
- Bill Kocis, White Oak, Pennsylvania
Spent so much time in the Mintz household in my teenage years. I so loved the times I spent there. Great memories! My sincere condolences to my sweet friend, Daphne and to the Mintz family. Mrs. Mintz lived a long happy life and was loved by so many.
- Rebecca Rhodes Toole, Walhalla, South Carolina
The word “Mom” meant Anne Mintz. To walk in their house could change your whole day. Always the smiling face of Anne and the smell of something on the stove cooking. And just around the corner was Billy sitting in his chair waiting for a young person to show up and he could show him his computer and the new thing he could do. The Mintz’s were a major influence on my sons life. Without a Dad or Grandpa or Grandma the Mintz’s filled that void. Anne will be so missed. Billy, you’ll have to be strong and know we are all here for you, I love you, Jan
- Jan Hoover Johnson , Savannah, Ga
What a beautiful life your Mother lived, leaving behind an amazing legacy in her family. As a young girl, I remember the hustle and bustle of love in the Mintz family home. There were always smells of goodness from her kitchen , and I can't forget that smile that Mrs. Mintz had. She lit up the room. Love to the entire family and devotion to my dear friend, Alison.
- Georgianne Chappas Taylor, Savannah, GA
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Daphne and your family! My heart goes out to you during this time of loss and grief. With prayer, Jane K Hendrix
- Sarah J Hendrix, Metter, GA
My condolences to Anne's family. I so appreciated you putting the history of her parents and grandparents. My grandfather had his grocery market across from the Bunger grocery store, Wyndham's market and I remember how pretty Anne was and was hoping my older brother would ask her for a date but don't recall that ever happened. I am the last one in the family that remembers the Fretwells. Thank you for the reminder of a lovely girl, a nice well thought of family and a life well lived.
- Coleen Biezenbos, Savannah, GA
Prayers and sympathy for all of you in this time of loss.
- Delores Johnson, SAVANNAH, Georgia
Bill, anyone who remembers your mom will remember good things only. She was a very good gal!
- Lee Morgan, Savannah, GA
So, so sad to know that Anne has passed on. I remember all the wonderful travels that Billy, Anne, Howard and I had so many years ago. Such an awesome and outstanding lady! My heart is broken. My thoughts go out to you, Billy, and the rest of the family.
- Tom Lamb, Wadley, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Mon, August 15, 2022
- St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
10 West 31st Street (map)
SAVANNAH GA 31401
- Funeral Service
- 12:00 p.m. on Mon, August 15, 2022
- St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
10 West 31st Street (map)
- on Mon, August 15, 2022
- Bonaventure Cemetery
330 Bonaventure Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404