FITZGERALD, Claire E. (Johnson)
Longtime resident and one of Sacramento's finest ladies passed away peacefully on December 4, 2012. She was 105 years of age.
Claire was born in San Francisco on September 2, 1907, daughter of Charles 'Gus' Johnson (long elected California Treasurer) and Isabelle Mary (Jansen) Johnson.
The family settled in Sacramento, where Claire finished her primary education, continuing on to Sacramento City College then graduating from U.C Berkeley with a B.A. in Education. While at City College she met, and after a six year courtship, married the love of her life, George N. Fitzgerald DDS (Captain U.S. Navy Dental Corps. retired). The couple was married on March 19, 1932, settling in Sacramento, and having their only child, son George N. Fitzgerald, Jr.
Claire taught primary school and music to developmentally challenged children, while 'Doc' was overseas. She was an avid sportswoman - (City Champion) golfer, swimmer and she also enjoyed hunting and fishing right alongside her husband. After 'Doc' retired, they enjoyed and traveled extensively. She enjoyed gardening, playing the organ and socializing. She loved entertaining and was the perfect hostess. Mrs. Fitzgerald also took up and became an accomplished artist, painting numerous oil paintings.
Mrs. Fitzgerald could and did brighten any room and any situation. She possessed a quick wit and a keen sense of humor, and loved a good joke. She enjoyed an afternoon glass of Chardonnay, See's candy, bingo and gin rummy.
Claire was preceded in death by her husband George N. Fitzgerald DDS, brothers Lester and George, sister Virginia Johnson, only son George N. Fitzgerald, Jr. (Virginia M. Fitzgerald). Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her only grandchild, Sylvia M. Fitzgerald ISA, AM - (Sacramento), nephews James Johnson (Marci) - (Fair Oaks), Charles Johnson (Barbara) - (Michigan), and niece Sue Mikels - (Elk Grove), and an angel from heaven, her caregiver 'Natu'.
At her request, no services will be held. Memorials maybe made to the Crocker Art Museum.
Claire E. Fitzgerald left this life as she lived it, with poise, charm, grace, style, elegance and dignity, always the consummate lady and in her own words "I've had one hell of a run.'
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 16, 2012