F. Hazel Washington Fitzgerald
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On Monday, September 24, 2013, F. Hazel Washington Fitzgerald, age 91, died peacefully at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by her family. Hazel was born in Cecilton, MD to the late Sterling and Nellie Washington. She was the oldest of five sisters.
Hazel received her BA Degree in 1944 from VA State College; her Masters of Education Degree in 1961 from the University of DE; and an additional 60 hours above her M.Ed. Degree from Glassboro State College. She spent over 30 years of teaching in Rustburg, VA; Prince Frederick, MD; Wilmington, DE; Selbyville, DE; and in Salem, NJ where she retired in 1985. While at VA State College, Hazel met and married the late James R. Fitzgerald in 1946. To this union, two devoted sons were born -- James R. Jr. and Spencer W. Sr.
Hazel was a devoted member and one of the Mother's of the Canaan Baptist Church. Between her service at Canaan and Eighth Street Baptist, Hazel gave over 60 years of dedicated service. She also participated in community organizations including the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Rho Chapter, the National Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Zeta Omega Chapter; Moss-Robertson Auxiliary #6687, VFW; NAACP; Star of Bethlehem Chapter #8, OES, Pha, Inc.; St. Matthew's Grand Chapter, OES, PHA, Inc.; Delaware Assembly #43, Order of the Golden Circle; Suakim Court #54, Daughters of Isis; Deputy of Isiserettes; and Mrs. Senior Delaware 1988.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Sr., two sisters, Elsie Wilson, and Barbara Phillips. Hazel leaves to cherish her memories two devoted sons -- James R. Jr. (Mary) and Spencer W. Sr. (Valeria); four grandchildren -- Spencer W. Jr., James R. III (Chrishawn), Tiffany (Wayne), and Christol; six great-grandchildren -- Courtney, Kyra, Sierra, Sidney, James IV, and Taylor; one great-grandchild, Nylah; two sisters, Rita Harris and Frances Benson (Frank); five brothers-in-law -- Albert Wilson, Lorenzo Fitzgerald (Elnora); Samuel Fitzgerald (Bessie); Bernard Fitzgerald (Marie); Eugene Fitzgerald (Hattie); a sister-in-law, Mary Rhodes (Roosevelt); one godchild, Roslyn Benson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services to Celebrate Hazel's Life will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00am at Canaan Baptist Church, 3011 New Castle Ave., New Castle, DE. Viewing, 9:00am to 11:00am, Interment following in Gracelawn Memorial Park, NewCastle, DE and on Monday, September 30, 2013 visitation and community service recognition will be held 6-8pm at Canaan Baptist Church, OES Ritual at 6:30pm; AKA Ritual at 7:00pm and RHO Chapter Ritual at 7:30pm.
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Published in The News Journal on Sept. 30, 2013