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M. Constance "Connie" FitzGerald

June 4, 2015

M. Constance FitzGerald

Mary Constance (Connie) FitzGerald, 94, 24039 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, on Thursday, June 11, from 4 - 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Friday, June 12, at noon with Reverend Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

Connie was born in Watertown on April 2, 1921, daughter of Clarence and Florence Sloan Kendall. She graduated as salutatorian of her class at Immaculate Heart Academy and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

On May 11, 1945, she married Dr. James A. FitzGerald at Holy Family Church with Monsignor Albert J. Farrell officiating. Dr. FitzGerald, an obstetrician and gynecologist, died November 8, 1995.

After their marriage, the couple lived in Framingham, MA, and Syracuse before settling in Watertown for 65 years. Connie was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She served on the Board of Directors for Mater Dei College, and as a volunteer for the YWCA and the Jefferson County Historical Society. Connie enjoyed theatre, symphony, reading, intellectual conversations, cross-country skiing, swimming, and diving. The couple's home in Barbados, West Indies, and their summer cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton enriched their lives immensely.

Connie is survived by her twelve children: Maureen A. FitzGerald, Reno, NV; Stephen K. and wife, Canice, FitzGerald, Mannsville; James A. FitzGerald, Syracuse; Katherine M. FitzGerald, Watertown; Brian T. FitzGerald, Miami, FL; Joseph K. FitzGerald, Ononcock, VA; Mark F. FitzGerald, Portola Valley, CA; Andrew J. FitzGerald, Idaho Falls, ID; Maria F. Purcell and husband, Mark, Watertown; Michael G. FitzGerald and companion Y. Donna Yang, Watertown; Anne-Marie FitzGerald, Saratoga Springs; and M. Christine FitzGerald, Ipswich, MA; seventeen grandchildren; sister-in-law, Muriel (Mimi) R. Kendall, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her husband, Connie was predeceased by two sons, Anthony P., December 17, 1962, and William F., November 27, 1997, and her brother, Attorney Frederic S. Kendall, Watertown, on February 17, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Connie's memory to Immaculate Heart Central Schools, 1316 Ives Street or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

 

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#13 Pat Wearne 2015-07-03 15:18
My dearest sympathy for my friend Joe, and all his brothers and sisters. She was an amazing person and I spent a lot of time with the family at the Gotham Rd. house and cottage in Clayton. Sending prayers to them all. I hope the good memories, will help in there time of sadness.
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#12 Elaine Tack 2015-06-14 02:18
I am thinking of all of you and your wonderful mother and grandmother. I will always see Connie at the end of the dock. With Love Elaine
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#11 Linda Mickle 2015-06-10 19:38
My heartfelt condolences to the FitzGerald and Kendall families. I have many fond memories of Connie over the years - and of course, of Dr. FitzGerald - among them, relaxing at the river or welcoming me to her home at the holidays, always kind and gracious. What an amazing and full life!

With deepest respect and much love

Linda Mickle
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#10 Barbara Nyhen 2015-06-09 16:30
Dear FitzGerald Cousins,

Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your mother.

Heaven just got a little more beautiful!

Remembering so many good times together with Aunt Connie, and sending our love and prayers to all the Family.

To All the Family –
You have another Guardian Angel, remember her when you see a star sparkling in the night sky, and think of her smiling eyes, Love to you all, may peace find your doorstep.

With all our Love,
Your cousins the Nyhen’s in Boston and Needham, MA, O’Sullivan’s Charlotte, NC, Kumar’s in RI
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#9 Caroline Fitzgerald 2015-06-09 15:19
Granny showed me how to live a life of kindness and fortitude. As I've navigated new stages of life I find myself calling on these strengths often. I know I have her to thank for this. No matter what the presenting challenge, Granny could be relied upon to treat the humans involved with compassion. She appreciated the beauty of everyday life- the sun, the birds, a fresh snowfall. She offers us all a wonderful guide on how to be good and do good.
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#8 Ellen McCormick 2015-06-08 14:41
Connie led a graceful life, making everyone feel welcome and wanted. I was the recipient of that one summer when I babysat a few - I think six at the time - of her children at the river. I remember her fondly.
[Mimi's sister]
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#7 Aisling OSullivan 2015-06-08 12:49
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the FitzGerald family and friends. I only had the pleasure to meet Connie a handful of times, but every encounter was warm, welcoming and filled with laughter. No doubt that's how she will be welcomed to heaven too.
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#6 Linda Dake 2015-06-08 12:48
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#5 Cecelia Poulsen 2015-06-07 12:08
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady. I worked at Calender's Pharmacy and I always loved to see your mom there. She always had a smile on her face and I enjoyed our many conversations. She was so proud of her children and family. Please find comfort in your memories.
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#4 John & Nancy Hillwig 2015-06-07 11:58
Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Connie. She was such a great neighbor and long time friend and we shall miss her friendly smile and good cheers.
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