Elizabeth F. "Betsy" Fitzgerald
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Elizabeth F. 'Betsy' Fitzgerald of West Chester Elizabeth F. "Betsy" Fitzgerald, 89, of West Chester, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011. She was the widow of Raymond T. Fitzgerald, with whom she shared 36 years of marriage until his untimely death in 1979. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Howard C. and Elizabeth Hickman Forsythe. She graduated from West Chester High School in 1939, received her college degree from Wilson College in 1943, and a master's degree from West Chester State Teachers College. She worked in a medical research laboratory and for Aeroprojects in West Chester. She then taught biology for 28 years in the Unionville schools. Betsy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester for 80 years. During that time she served as a Sunday school teacher, circle leader, Bible study teacher, and a volunteer in the office. Her community involvement included being a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the New Century Club, a board member of the Friends of the West Chester Library, and past president and a board member of AARP. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling. Betsy is survived by a son, R. Everett Fitzgerald (Beth) of Hockessin, Del.; a daughter, Jane Fitzgerald Richards (Tom) of West Chester; three grandchildren, Jennifer R. Fridge, Patricia E. Fitzgerald, Timothy E. Fitzgerald; and four great-grandchildren, Megan, Ben, Maddie Grace, and Mei Lynn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15, at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Miner Street, West Chester, PA 19382, where there will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, Birmingham Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester at the above address. Arrangements are being handled by the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester, (610) 696-0134. For online condolences please visit www. foundsfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Daily Local News from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, 2011.
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October 8, 2011
I graduated from Unioville HS in 1970 and Mrs. Fitzgerald was my Biology teacher in 10th grade when I first came to UHS. She was wonderful. She was one of those teachers who made a difference. Funny I thought she was "old" then and yet she still looks the same only her hair is white. She was one of best. Claudia Franks Melbourne FL
Claudia Franks
February 18, 2011
Fitzgerald Family,
Although I have not know your Mother I did know your Father and remember all the loving stories he spoke of and how he so loved her. I worked at Wyeth Labs with your dad and attened his service. I knew the name as soon as I saw it. God Bless the family and keep your memories.
Shirley Lindsay - West Chester pa
Shirley Lindsay
February 15, 2011
Although I have only known Betsy for a year, I feel as if I have known her my whole life, She was such a special person who touched my heart from the first moment I met her. I will miss her very much. May the family find strength in each other!
Nancy Starr
February 13, 2011
I have only fond and loving memories of Betsy. She was a good neighbor, friend and a blessing to all who knew her. She will be missed.
Linda Clay
February 13, 2011
"As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens."

~ Author Unknown
Jill Vanderburg
February 12, 2011
We have such wonderful memories of the friendship and kindness of our next door neighbor during the years our family lived on Miner St. Our deepest sympathies to all the family. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she brightened.
Pat & Dave Redmond
February 11, 2011
Mrs. Fitzgerald was a special biology teacher. I have fond memories of her at UHS.
Annette (Tuzza) Higgins
February 11, 2011
I remember Mrs. Fitzgerald with fondness. She was a wonderful teacher. Joan Forssmark Pengilly, UHS class of 1965.
Joan Pengilly
February 11, 2011
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague,
Our beloved Betsy. She was the personification of the kind, gentle and understanding teacher. I will always cherish fond memories of our teaching days at Unionville High School. Though she is gone, she will not be forgotten by the students
Whose lives she touched.
Vince Buckwash
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