Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel

Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel

HYDE PARK - Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel, 43 of Worcester, Vermont and a former resident of Hyde Park,NY died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Kaplan Family Hospice in Newburgh.

Born in Poughkeepsie,NY on January 15, 1970, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. Fitzgerald, Sr. who passed away in 2003 and Leona Gent Fitzgerald who resides in Hyde Park.

She was a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Class of 1989 and earned her degree in business from Berkley School of Business in White Plains. Samara was married to Richard Pelzel who survives at home.

Samara had been employed in retail management at several area department stores including JC Penny, Kohl's and Lechmere companies and moved to Vermont 5 years ago and began working for the State of Vermont Liquor Authority as an Office Manager until her recent illness.

In addition to her mother Leona and her husband Richard, Samara is survived by her 2 sons, Quintin and Carter Pelzel of Worcester,VT; brother, Pastor Richard H. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Saugerties; sisters, Wendy Fitzgerald-Held and her husband Barry of Milford,CT, and Shahna Fitzgerald-Porco and her husband Carlo of Wappingers Falls; nieces and nephews, Richard H. Fitzgerald III and his wife Jessie of Poughkeepsie, Jonathan Fitzgerald and his wife Victoria of Saugerties, Victoria, Michael, Miggan and Anthony Fitzgerald, Barry and Noah Held of CT, and Tiana, Ariana, and Carlo Porco of Wappingers Falls; grand nieces, Irelynn, Rylie and Jamielynn Fitzgerald of Saugerties; her paternal grandmother, Josephine Seifts of Poughkeepsie; and several aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 7 from 5-8 pm at Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Father James Garisto on Friday, February 8 at 10 am from St. Peter's Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Hudson View Dr., Poughkeepsie. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Samara's memory to Hospice of Orange Co., Kaplan House, 1 Sunrise La., Newburgh,NY 12550.

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Funeral Home

Parmele - Auchmoody and Schoonmaker Funeral Home
110 Fulton Ave.  Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2013