Obituaries: Lois Fitzgerald

Lois Jean Fitzgerald, 90, of Iowa City, Iowa passed away on April 26, 2017 with her family by her side at Legacy Pointe Assisted Living. She was born June 9, 1926 in Davis County, Iowa to Vernette A. and Elsie Mae Blackwell Altheide. She married Robert Fitzgerald on September 27, 1941. He passed away on September 1, 2012.

Lois lived most of her adult life in Davenport, Iowa. While raising six children she worked part-time in youth baseball. After her children were grown, Lois joined the staff of JC Penny where she worked for over 19 years as head of the drapery department. She retired in 1994.

Her hobbies included working with youth baseball, playing Bingo, following Iowa Hawkeye Women’s Basketball, doing word puzzles, and reading. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and attending their activities.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Jan) Fitzgerald of Windemere, Florida, Gordon (Jerrie) Fitzgerald of Houma, Louisiana, Connie Brandon of Ballwin, Missouri, Douglas (Peggy) Fitzgerald of Iowa City, Michael (Ann) Fitzgerald of Des Moines, David (Marianne) Fitzgerald of Mt. Sinai, New York; 17 grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis (Dewitt) Shelton of Bloomfield, Iowa, Marlene Cook of Ottumwa, Iowa; and a brother, Don (Dee) Altheide of Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Carol Fitzgerald; and a brother, Richard Altheide.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Steve Altheide and Randall Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 4-6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Stiles Christian Church.