WASHINGTON - Mary E. Fitzgerald, 95, of Washington died at 1:33 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born May 10, 1918, in Metamora, Ill., to John and Katie (Sornberger) Rentsch, she married Donald V. Fitzgerald on May 6, 1944, in Peoria, and shared 51 years together. He died on Oct. 5, 1995.
Four brothers, John, Ben, Elmer and Ed; and one sister, Christine, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Janis A. (Bruce Castor) Wilkins of East Peoria and Paula R. Ingle of Peoria; one son, Terry (Lori) Fitzgerald of Metamora; two sisters, Rosa Clark of East Peoria and Kay Aldridge of Sullivan, Ill.; five grandchildren, Adam D. (Jasmin) Wilkins of Slatington, Pa., Ryan and Brett Fitzgerald of Metamora, Scott Hammer of Peoria and Wendy (Paul) Wiesehuegel of Wisconsin; and one great-granddaughter, Addisun J. Wilkins. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Mary loved food and was always on a diet. She walked everywhere, rain or shine, to get groceries at Schnucks, makeup and clothes at Bergners and food at Chili's, Maidrite and The Spotted Cow. She loved her family and being around people.
In the summer, she worked at the Farmer's Market with her friend "Lil," working until she was 93 years young. She was the "lady with the hat."
The family would like to thank the staff and residents of the Grand Victorian for their love and support for Mary over the years.
A visitation will be on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Cremation rites have been accorded, and burial of cremains will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora at a later date.
Memorials may be made to DAV Auxiliary National Headquarters, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon. com.