PATRICIA EVANS FITZGERALD - BURLINGTON - Patricia "Patti" Evans FitzGerald, 68, passed away on July 24, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, after a short illness. She was born on Sept. 3, 1944, in Reading, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Helen (Tucker) Evans. Patti graduated from Central High School in Manchester, N.H., in 1962, and received a bachelor's degree in education from Keene State College in 1966. She taught elementary school in California, New Hampshire, and concluded her career at Champlain Elementary School, after 20 years of service. Patti is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bernie; son, Patrick "Hogie" and wife, Katherine, and their three children, Madison, Coleman, and Connor, of Needham, Mass.; son, John and wife, Jessica, and their two children, Samuel and Declan, of South Berwick, Maine; son, Brendan of Morrisville; son, Tynan and wife, Nichole, and their three children, Emily, Leah, and Andrew, of Colchester; sisters, Sue Hoge of Stockton Springs, Maine, and Lucy Canfield of Columbia, Conn. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence. Patti had a variety of hobbies including knitting, quilt making, jewelry making and cross stitch. She thoroughly enjoyed making felt bags, potato chip scarves, and quilts for infants. She enjoyed the company of friends and family, and frequently toured throughout New England on shopping trips. Each summer she enjoyed spending time at the beach in Rye, N.H. Being a fulltime grandparent brought Patti immense joy, and she spent as much time as she could with her eight grandchildren. Patti will be deeply missed for so many reasons. Her sweet, dear and loving ways, her parenting and teaching skills, her happy and contagious smile and humor, her caring and positive outlook in life will be threaded throughout our memories of her. Calling hours will be held at Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com
. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Patti's memory to Champlain Elementary School, c/o the Principal Leslie Colomb, 800 Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401, to support teaching and student learning.