SYCAMORE – Bernice Carol Fitzgerald, 93, of Sycamore, Ill., died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb.|
She was born Sept. 17, 1919, to Earl A. and Martha Z. Mapes on her grandmother, Elizabeth Mapes's farm on the corner of McDonald and Corron Roads in Plato Township.
She started grade school at the age of four at Plato Corners Country School; moving down on McDonald Road she attended DeLancey Country School in 1932. She attended Plato Township High School graduating in 1936 at an early age. Bernice played the violin in the high school orchestra when they were state champions. She helped her folks on the farm, being too young to get a job anywhere. She worked at Elgin Watch Company, Watch Case Company, Majestic Radio and finally, Rawhide. She married James A. Fitzgerald in June of 1955 in Belvidere. They settled in Elgin and later moved to Sycamore.
She worked part-time for 18 years at Henderson's Department Store in Sycamore. Bernice was a member of Lily Lake Congregational Church. She loved her cats, flowers, housework, reading, crossword puzzles, her boys, and her three grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Matthew Fitzgerald of Sycamore and Michael Fitzgerald of DeKalb; three grandchildren, Sarah Fitzgerald, Samantha Fitzgerald and James A. Fitzgerald III; and cats, Missy, DumDum and Squeaky.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband in 1983; son, James Fitgerald Jr.; two brothers, Howard Mapes and Lester Mapes; one sister, Lois Mapes; and loving aunt Ruth and uncle Earl Hageman.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Olson Funeral Service and Cremation Services Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, with the Rev. Peter Akemann officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral chapel.
For information or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.olsonfh.com or call 815-895-6589.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 23, 2013