Ida L. Fitzgerald, 90, of Lewis Run, formerly of Bingham, a loving mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday (Oct. 20, 2012) at Bradford Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Warren on May 26, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Floyd and Mary Selander Moore. On Jan. 24, 1944, in Port Allegany, she married the love of her life, Vernon S. Fitzgerald, who died on March 6, 2012.
She was a 1940 graduate of Warren High School. Her first job after high school was as an attendant at the State Hospital in Warren. She later worked at Penn Furnace, welding large tanks becoming a real life "Rosie the Riveter," a cultural icon representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II. She joined the U.S. Navy
in 1941 and was stationed in the Bronx, N.Y., for boot camp followed by an assignment to the St. Albans Hospital in Queens, N.Y., and then the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I. She attained the rank of Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class and was honorably discharged in 1946. Following her service in the Navy, she returned to Warren and became an inspector at Sylvania.
She and her husband lived most of their married life in Bingham, where they raised their family before moving to Lewis Run in 2005 to reside with their son, Dan, and his wife, Carol. She was a homemaker, a Girl Scout Leader, and active in the PTA at M.J. Ryan School. She worked at the snack bar at Bradford Regional Airport and prior to her retirement in 1987 she worked 15 years at Smethport Specialty.
She enjoyed crocheting, writing letters, reading, playing card games, traveling, and especially family get-togethers, never missing a graduation, wedding, or family reunion. She was a devoted member of the Cyclone Free Methodist Church and also attended Bible Study at the Overcomers Church of Faith in Aiken.
Surviving are three daughters, Sandra (Jim) Beasley of Manassas, Va., Nancy (Harold) Camp of Ekron, Ky., and Judy (Tom) Everly of Lemont; three sons, Lawrence (Norma) Fitzgerald of Strasburg, Ohio, Dan (Carol) Fitzgerald of Lewis Run and Terry (Liz) Fitzgerald of Taylorsville, N.C.; one sister, Agnes (Roger) McFarland of Russell; one brother, Alfred (Helena) Moore of Warren; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 65 years; one daughter, Kathy Fitzgerald; two sons, Robert "Bobby" Fitzgerald and Steve Michael "Mickey" Fitzgerald; one daughter-in-law, Cindy (Swartzfager) Fitzgerald; one brother; and four sisters.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Frank Hill pastor of Overcomers Church of Faith in Aiken officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Cyclone Free Methodist Church; the Overcomers Church of Faith; or the Community Nurses, 52 Davis St., Bradford.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com