Tewksbury, MA — Jean C. Fitzgerald, age 83, died peacefully on Thursday morning, March 13, at Lowell General Hospital following a brief illness.
Jean was born in Winchester, August 11, 1930, one of three daughters of the late James and Dorothy (Ladd) Fitzgerald. She was raised in Winchester, and lived in Lowell before moving to Tewksbury seventeen years ago.
Prior to retirement, she worked as a bookkeeper at Press, Bateman, and Turner Insurance Agency in Boston, and later Waltham.
Jean loved her sisters and their families and was always present at family gatherings. Her nieces and nephews were her beloved “children.” She loved long drives in the country, summers in Vermont, adventures in rafting with her nephews in the white waters of Vermont’s White River. She loved cats, playing cards, knitting, and baking cookies for her nieces, nephews and neighbors.
She was also a communicant of St. William’s Church at the 4 o’clock Saturday Masses.
She leaves her sister, Barbara Manna of Tewksbury and was predeceased by her sister, Betty Ward; her longtime companion, Norm Benson of Tewksbury; ten nieces and nephews, Jeffrey and Barbara Manna of Tewksbury, Roberta Manna of Bonita, FL, Deborah and Lawrence Michaud of No. Andover, Stephanie Manna of Wakefield, Michael and Anne Manna of Reading, Valerie and Michael Cardella of St. Petersburg, FL, Stephen and Diane Ward of Wilmington, Sharon and Robert Mickle of East Andover, NH, Pamela and Frank Downs of Wilmington, Lisa and Dana Terricone of Atkinson; nineteen great-nieces and great-nephews; and fourteen great-grandnieces and nephews.
Visiting hours Sunday, March 16, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts., (Route 38), Tewksbury Center, ph. (800 in MA or 978) 851-2950. Her funeral will begin Monday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. William’s Chucrh, 1351 Main St., (Route 38), Tewksbury. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tewksbury Food Pantry, 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876, or the Lazarus House Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 408, Lawrence, MA 01842 or visit www.lazarushouse.org. See www.tewksburyfuneralhome.com.