John K. Ullrich “Fritz”

Age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly on July 17th, 2017.

Born in Trenton, NJ, John was the son of the late Helen (Messerschmitt) and Leo M. Ullrich. His brothers, Bill, Bob and sisters Helene and Joann preceded him in death.  John graduated from Trenton Catholic High School in 1956 and received an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Dayton in1960.  He continued meeting often with his Trenton Catholic “buddies” and their spouses.  John’s career included employment with U. S. Steel, and B.F. Goodrich.  After seventeen years, he retired from Advent Electric, appreciating the family atmosphere of the company and many friendships that extended to the present.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Ullrich, his sons John F. Ullrich of Newark, DE, James Ullrich of Isle of Palms, SC, daughters Marybeth Trulli (Steve) of Sea Isle City, NJ and Judy Sebastiani (Joe) of Newark, DE.  He has ten grandchildren: Ryan, Michael, Karen Ullrich, Elisha, Elijah, Elizabeth, Sam Trulli, Olivia, John, James, and Samantha Sebastiani.  He was a faithful husband, devoted father and cherished grandfather (Poppie).  His family relied on his expertise in problem solving and most of all his presence at all their events.  He had a reputation for his love of animals, and a dog was his constant companion.         

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 24th at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 200 E. Main Street, Newark, DE, where friends and family are invited to a visitation after 10 AM.  Interment will be private at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE 19713 or St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Submitted by Tom/Lorraine Hu... on
We so much enjoyed Fritz and his optimism, fun stories, and political insights. We will miss his quiet laugh and sharing of memories of past Trenton days. To Betsy and all his family we offer our prayers for comfort in this time of sorrow, and we rejoice that Fritz left us without a lingering and painful death. His passing is a clarion call for all of us to enjoy each day and live with a real trust in God. May he find eternal happiness in heaven. Tom and Lorraine Humphrey

Submitted by Sacramenta Landrum on
To the family and friends of John please accept my deepest condolences. In God's word the Bible is a wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death he will fulfill his promise through his son Jesus Christ John 3:16; 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4.

Submitted by Betsy Ullrich (... on
So sorry to lose Uncle Fritz but I have many wonderful memories of him...almost all of them with a dog present (!). He was a great tease, that seems to be an Ullrich trait for sure. Jobs and family activities took us in different directions so we didn't get together very often; that just made the occasions we did more special. RIP, Uncle Fritz, and go visit with some of our friends over Rainbow Bridge.

Submitted by william sigmund on
betsy and family. i'm very sorry about fritz's passing. he was a great guy and i fondly remember the good times we had going to delaware football games. and the lehigh game too. l will be out of town on monday and will not be able to attend the services. bill

Submitted by Custom improvers on
Betsy and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of John. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time

Submitted by Brittany Amin on
I am sorry for your loss. Even as time passes, the grief still remains. I wanted to let your family know that we still care for them and pray for them and Let the God of all comfort help you find peace (2 Cor 1:3)