Ellen Marie Fitzgibbons (née Gernand) passed away on April 24, 2014 at home in Colorado Springs with her husband and daughter at her side. Ellen was born on September 25, 1948 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to William and Betty Jean Gernand (née Mougin). She attended South Side High School and graduated from Purdue University with a nursing degree. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1979.
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On July 23, 1982, she married Michael Fitzgibbons, whom she met while working at Brady Hospital. Her family celebrates a lifetime of service shown through her work as a Registered Nurse at hospitals, nursing homes, and in the insurance sector, as well as through her loving care of her family and friends and numerous volunteer activities (including altar guild, food pantry, blood pressure clinics, and more). She was also skilled at crafts, particularly knitting, needlework, and quilting. Her beautiful quilts and scarves will continue to keep her family warm although we miss her deeply.
Her strong spirit, compassionate heart, and true faith will always be remembered.
She is survived by her loving husband Michael Fitzgibbons; daughter Megan Anne Fitzgibbons (husband Yusuke) of Perth, Australia; son Matthew Michael Fitzgibbons (wife Yumiko) of Nagoya, Japan; father William Gernand of Florence, CO; two sisters: Linda (Michael) Tussing of Colorado Springs; Norma (James) Kurmis of Rochester, NY; two brothers: Frederick (Joyce) Gernand of Ft. Wayne, IN; Joseph (Patricia) Gernand of League City, TX; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother Betty Jean Gernand, and now they are together in the heavenly choir.
--My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10: 27, 28)
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, May 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Avenue, Colorado Springs.
Ellen requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry (send checks to Holy Cross Lutheran Church http://www.holycrosscs.org/).
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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 27, 2014
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