FITZWILLIAM, Margaret Flagg 92, a resident of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire and former resident of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire, on Monday, February 25, 2013, following a short period of declining health. She was born November 16, 1920, in East Palestine, Ohio, the daughter of Hiram Mador and Ida (VanWormer) Flagg. She was a 1937 graduate of Lakewood (Ohio) High School. She was a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, and earned an M.A. in the history of art from Yale University while on a Carnegie Foundation fellowship. On June 19, 1943, she married Robert J. Fitzwilliam, and the two spent over 66 years together, including almost 60 in their Wellesley Hills house, until his death in 2009. Margaret was a very creative and artistic person, who was always willing to help others in any way that she could. She was very well known, both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, for her beautiful watercolor paintings. Her works included local scenes, such as the Fitzwilliam Town Hall, which was on the cover of the 2002 Fitzwilliam Town Report, and many Boston area landmarks, including Copley Square and Beacon Hill. Her paintings have hung in the Cleveland Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum, the Boston Arts Festival, and many private and corporate collections. She was the recipient of the Silver Medal from the Copley Society. She was active in the Wellesley Society of Artists (past president), the Cambridge Art Association, and the New England Watercolor Society; she was also an associate member of the St. Botolph Club. In addition to her community involvement, which included many years as a "pink smock" board member of the Wellesley Co-Operative Clothing Exchange, and her art, Margaret was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially taking walks with her son, John, as they visited various places in the Fitzwilliam area. She was a very caring and compassionate person, who gave of herself selflessly, and she will be deeply missed.She is survived by her son, John H. Fitzwilliam of Fitzwilliam, NH; her daughter, Harmony Kieding of Norway; a niece, Jane B. Fitzwilliam, of Putney VT; another niece, Sally Cooper Larson, of Longview, WA; a nephew, Jeff Fitzwilliam, of Cincinnati, OH; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her daughter-in-law, Heather Fitzwilliam, of North Carolina. She is predeceased by her husband; her son, James Flagg Fitzwilliam; her sister, Martha Jane Cooper; and her brother, Robert Flagg. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at the Wellesley Hills Unitarian Church, 306 Washington St, Wellesley Hills, MA on April 20, 2013, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The theme will be "Margaret's Farewell Show," and will include a display of many of her watercolors. Guests are encouraged to bring any works they own by Margaret, and share reminiscences. The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street Keene, NH is assisting the family with these arrangements.
To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store
Published by Boston Globe from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013.