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Geraldine T. Fitzgerald
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Obituary for Geraldine T. Fitzgerald

Geraldine T. Fitzgerald, 88, of McHenry, passed away on May 6, 2018 at her residence, with her devoted husband by her side. She was born on May 1, 1930 to Matthew and Anne (Brod) Wolshan in Chicago. Gerri married the love of her life, Raymond Fitzgerald, on September 20, 1952.

Gerri spent her free time volunteering with Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) and assisting high school athletes who were blind playing goal ball in Mesa, AZ. An avid cyclist, she began training as a triathlete in her 60’s. Most impressively, she rode a 50 mile bike ride in celebration of her 80th birthday. Her favorite hike was the Grand Canyon. She also enjoyed traveling the country with Ray in their RV. Gerri possessed a quick wit, wicked sense of humor, and a twinkle in her eye that will be forever remembered by everyone who knew her.

She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Raymond; six children, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Daniel (Margaret) Fitzgerald, Robert (Angela) Fitzgerald, Edward (Winnie) Fitzgerald, Marianne Fitzgerald, and Colleen (Bill Hayes) Fitzgerald; five grandchildren, Emily (Mike) DaValle and Sarah, Haley, Laura, and Matthew Fitzgerald; and two great-grandchildren, Greyson and Finn.

In addition to her parents, Gerri was preceded in death by her sister.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am on Saturday, May 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1407 N. Richmond Rd., McHenry, IL, immediately followed by a mass at 11:00 am with Father David Austin.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family recommends a donation in Gerri’s honor to Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) by mail to NISRA 285 Memorial Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or online at

Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave a condolence message for her family.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1401 N. Richmond Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Funeral Mass




11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1401 N. Richmond Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Cemetery Details


Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

Memorial Contribution


285 Memorial Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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