Constance Fitzpatrick

  • "I loved Constance. We shared a love for Alaska,..."
    - Rose Hayes
  • "As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's..."
    - Arlene Ladd
  • "Con was the most unconditional loving person I ever met...."
    - Sheila Benn

Constance Gerow Fitzpatrick, of Middlebury, Vt., and Anchorage died Monday Sept. 13, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Hospital, with her beloved husband at her side.

A funeral Mass was held at Saint Mary's Church in Middlebury on Sept. 18, 2010.

Constance was born in Middlebury on Oct. 17, 1954, to Raymond and Beatrice (Dayton) Gerow. Constance graduated from Middlebury High School and received her Bachelor in Human Development in 1976 from the University of Vermont. Following graduation, Constance moved to Alaska and began her career as a State of Alaska vocational rehabilitation counselor, where she was respected for her dedication and compassion.

Constance married Thomas Fitzpatrick on Nov. 2, 1987, in Anchorage. The couple resided in Alaska until they returned to Vermont to seek medical treatment for her multiple sclerosis in the 1990s. Constance had been diagnosed with MS at a very young age. She amazed everyone who knew her with her accepting attitude, compassion and kindness as well as her strength, fortitude and determination. She lived so honestly, she gave so generously, she took so gracefully, and she loved so perfectly.

She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Gerow Jr. in 1983; and by her parents, Raymond Gerow (1980); and Beatrice (Betty) Gerow on Aug. 31, 2010.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of Middlebury; her sisters, Susan LaRock and her husband, David and their son, Michael; Nancy and her husband, James Reynolds and their three children, Smith Reynolds, Kate Squire, and Colin Reynolds; her brother, Theodore, and his wife Deborah; her brother-in-laws, James Fitzpatrick and his wife, Carmam John Fitzpatrick and his wife, Molly; and her sister-in-law, Kathy Reynolds and her husband, Steve.

A special thanks is extended for the unconditional, loving care of her homecare nurses, Arlene Ladd and Shelia Benn; primary physician, Scott Smith, M.D; the respiratory therapists and the following ICU nurses for their thoughtfulness and compassion: Courtney, Terry, Lorrie, Christy, both Kathys, Amy, Mary, Amanda and Ed. They would also like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Gilman Allen, Barb Seagle and Janet Deslauriers for their understanding, unrelenting commitment to Constance's care.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2011