Deborah Bradley Fitzsimmons
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Wallingford Funeral Home
809 North Main Street Ext.
Wallingford, CT
Deborah Bradley Fitzsimmons, 85, longtime resident of Wallingford, the loving wife of 55 years to the late Richard F. "Fitz" Fitzsimmons, passed away unexpectedly with her loving family at her side October 20, 2021.

Deb was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 11, 1935, the daughter of the late Robert and Deborah (Malone) Bradley.

Deb and Fitz met at Southern Connecticut State University (formerly New Haven State Teachers College) and were married during their senior year. She received her Bachelor's Degree at Southern Connecticut State University and furthered her education earning her master's degree from St. Joseph College in Hartford. She had a 27-year teaching career for the Wallingford Board of Education as an elementary school teacher at Parker Farms Elementary School and Yalesville Elementary School (currently Mary G. Fritz Elementary School) retiring in 1994. She devoted her career to teaching hundreds of first and second grade students in the Wallingford School System sharing her passion for reading.

Deb enjoyed traveling with Fitz to many destinations including Aruba, Ireland, England, Italy, Las Vegas, Hawaii, but especially loved cruising, summers at the Cape, and winters in Florida with their great friends, John and Ann Riccitelli and the Wallingford crew including John and Katheryn Hackett, Jim and Carol Whalen and many others.

Deb was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time attending her children's and grandchildren's sporting events, from field hockey to ice hockey. Her children were her greatest gift and she spent quality time with them creating experiences that will last a lifetime. Deb was their biggest supporter and loved them fiercely. She was an active member of local organizations including the Building Committee for the Wallingford Senior Center, Wallingford Democratic Town Committee, Board Member of Wallingford Municipal Federal Credit Union, Wallingford Garden Club, Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and she enjoyed working on Election Day. Deb enjoyed many leisurely hobbies including crafting, crocheting, reading, and she enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra and dancing with Fitz back in the day at local dances. Deb was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and a passionate fan for "the girls" of the UCONN Women's Basketball team,

Deb was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, affectionately known as Nana. She was predeceased by her late husband Richard (Fitz). She is survived by her daughter, Debra Fitzsimons Sitter and her husband, Steven T. of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; her son James C. Fitzsimmons and his wife, Megan B. of Wallingford; her son, Richard Fitzsimmons and family of Cape Cod; her four grandchildren, Caitlin Sitter Godina (Carlos), Jamie A. Sitter, Colin A. Fitzsimmons and Sean A. Fitzsimmons; two great grandchildren, Sophia and Ryland (Godina); and her brother, Robert Bradley (Dianne); her sister Susan Nobles (James); and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive relatives and friends at The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Monday, Oct. 25th, from 4 p.m until 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:30 am at Church of the Resurrection, 150 Pond Hill Road in Wallingford. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory can be made to the Wallingford Public Library (wallingford.lioninc.org) to support her lifelong passion for reading or gifts in her memory may be sent to The Sisters' Project (thesistersproject.org)


Published by The Record-Journal from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2021.
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809 North Main Street Ext., Wallingford, CT
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Jim and Family, we are so very sorry to read of your Mothers passing ! She was an amazing woman who did so much for others and the Community she lived in ! Our thoughts and Prayers are for you and your Family as you go through the healing process. Remember all of the great things she did for her Family and Community she loved so much !
Richard Hill
Other
October 26, 2021
Favorite Teacher in the Whole World. Our Deepest Condolences to The Fitzsimmons Family and Friends. Mrs. Fitzsimmons will be Dearly Missed.
Marcia Brown
Friend
October 26, 2021
Jim - Words are often inadequate at a time like this, but wanted you to know how very sorry I am to hear of your mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn her loss. I know that God will grace you with peace and comfort in the days ahead. Sincere condolences, Laurie Penna
Laurie Penna
Coworker
October 26, 2021
Deb and Fitzy, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. You know I think she was one of the greatest. Sorry I am not there in person but I am thinking of you both.
Lauri Mclaughlin
October 25, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss.... RIP.. I work with your son Jimmy. You raised such a wonderful, loving and caring son. I pray for your family during this time.
LAURETTE WHITNEY
Coworker
October 25, 2021
To the Fitzsimmons Family ~ Out sincere loss at the passing of your Mom.
Richard & Donna Condon
Richard Condon
Friend
October 25, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Fitzsimmons passing. I enjoyed having her as my 1st grade teacher at Yalesville. She was sweet, kind and always had a smile on her face. May she rest in peace.
Kristin Maguder Berry
School
October 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Of course I knew her as our neighbor well I was growing up. I was lucky enough to get to know her again at the Wallingford senior center. Debbie was a ray of sunshine every time we would have the chance to talk and catch up. I will miss her. The tribute that you did for your mom is absolutely beautiful. She was so proud of all of you. in gods love, Suzanne Kroeber
Suzanne Kroeber
Friend
October 22, 2021
I remember her smile and her always being so kind. I´m so sorry for your loss.
Holly DaSilva Vomastek
October 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Fitzsimmon family.many fond memories of my first grade teacher at Parker Farms
Anthony LaRussa
October 22, 2021
Jim and Deb I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing I am so sad and will miss her talks that we had of her family and mine ❤❤
Claire Chase
Friend
October 21, 2021
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