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Irene FitzGerald

August 31, 1925 ~ September 4, 2017 (age 92)
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Irene FitzGerald passed away September 4, 2017 in Sacramento, CA, at the age of 92. She was born in Lodi, CA and grew up in nearby Stockton, where she met her husband of 38 years, Sergeant Major Arnold Edgar FitzGerald, United States Army Ret. She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold and her sister Alice (Becker) Gosnell. Irene is survived by her five children and their spouses: Arnold (and Susan) FitzGerald of Arlington TX, Patricia (and Carl) Winnie of Reno NV, Michele FitzGerald of Massachusetts, Cathleen FitzGerald of Sacramento, and Carolyn (and Andy) Klein of Elk Grove. She had five grandchildren: Jenni Denegri of Hingham MA, Kristi FitzGerald of Dallas TX, John (and spouse Michelle) Denegri of Emerald Hills CA, Joseph Klein of Elk Grove CA, and Patricia (and Timothy) Kozisek of Seaside CA; and two great-grandchildren, John and Brooklyn Denegri. Irene was a proud member of the General John A. Sutter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She traced her ancestors back to the Mayflower and Plymouth MA (1620) and had a passion for helping others investigate their own ancestry. She created hand embroidered flags for the blind, made lap quilts for veterans, and contributed many handmade gifts for fundraisers. She loved her monthly pinochle games, college football, and favored both the MLB Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees. A gifted seamstress, Irene used her mastery to create beautiful tailored clothing, wedding gowns, and costumes. She loved to knit, crochet and tat. In 2016, she won 1st place in the American Heritage Contest CA State Society NSDAR for a tatted American flag. Many friends were blessed by her gifts of afghans, tatted flags, and other items. The family is hosting a celebration of Irene's life in Sacramento, with interment at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo later this year. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in Irene's memory, the family suggests the General John A. Sutter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, or a charity of your choice .


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