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M. Madeleine Fitzgerald

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. M. Madeleine Fitzgerald, 77, widow of Howard F. Fitzgerald, a former resident of Branch Street, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at her home at the Village at Fillmore Pond, following a brief illness.

Born in North Adams, Mass., May 3, 1929 she was the daughter of the late George A. and Marcelline G. Allard. She received her education at Sacred Heart School in Bennington and was a 1947 graduate of Bennington High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald were married at Sacred Heart Church in Bennington on March 3, 1973. Mr. Fitzgerald died May 13, 2001.

Mrs. Fitzgerald’s first job was in the office of Central Vermont Public Service Corp. She later went to work at the former E.L. Nichols department store in Bennington, where she remained for many years until the time of her retirement.

She enjoyed traveling, playing golf, cards and board games and spending her winters in Florida.

Mrs. Fitzgerald was a devout member of Sacred Heart-St. Francis de Sales church and was also a member of the St. Anne’s Society at the church.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Theresa G. and Richard Wood of North Adams; two brothers and sisters-in-law, George A. and Rita Allard of Bennington, and Alfred E. and Doris Allard of Barrington, R.I.; several nieces and nephews, who affectionally called her “Aunt Mimi”; and by several cousins. Mrs. Allard was predeceased by a sister and brother, Veronica C. McCann and Norman R. Allard.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart-St. Francis deSales Church where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The wake service will be offered Tuesday afternoon. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Madeleine Fitzgerald’s memory may be made to either Sacred Heart-St. Francis deSales Church or VNA and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the St. Anne’s Society are asked to meet at the funeral home Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the recitation of the Rosary in memory of Mrs. Fitzgerald.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 7, 2006
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