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Joseph Leo Fitzgerald – Obituary

Name: Joseph Leo Fitzgerald

Age: 90

Born: 03-30-1931

Died: 08-12-2021

St. Joseph's Catholic Church/Heritage Hall, St. Joseph, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Joseph Leo Fitzgerald, age 90 of Waite Park and formerly of St. Joseph who passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at his home. Reverend Roger Klassen O.S.B. will officiate. Burial will take place with military honors at the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Joseph Parish Center-Heritage Hall. Parish prayers will be 4:00 p.m. on Monday at the Heritage Hall. Arrangements were made by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

 Joseph was born on March 30, 1931 to David and Margaret (Scanlon) Fitzgerald. His passion for farming began as a young boy on the family farm in Illinois. Joseph served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he wed Mary Ann Voeller on June 11th, 1956. They dedicated their marriage to the Holy Family. During their 58-year marriage, they lived their faith in service to their family and the community. They truly treasured their family and friendships.

No longer able to farm, Joseph taught high school and adult agriculture, and was able to make a larger impact helping farmers when he worked as the Soil and Water Conservationist for Stearns County. He enjoyed volunteering throughout the community throughout his life.

After the death of his beloved Mary Ann, he was initially cared for by his daughter-in-law Karen Fitzgerald, and for the last six years by his grandson, Patrick Fitzgerald. Through their loving commitment, Joseph was able to remain in his home and enjoy an active lifestyle. He attended family and area sporting events, many that Patrick coached. It brought him such joy to be among the young.

 Joseph leaves behind four children, David and Kathy (Dahl) of Becker, Minnesota, Michael and Karen (James) of La Mesa, California, Joan Marie and Sean Zadoo of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Patrick and Mary (Fluekinger) of Rapid City, South Dakota; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and two siblings.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann, five siblings, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Guestbook for Joseph Leo Fitzgerald

Kevin Holton
, Friend
August 17, 2021, 1:24 am
Dear Joan and family. My condolences with the passing of Joe. Hope you are having time to share fond memories together. I wish I could join in the service tomorrow but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary and Kevin Dahl
August 16, 2021, 4:35 pm
Blessing to all of the Fitzgerald Family - you have our prayers and sympathies throughout the time you are release your father and grandfather to our Lord in Heaven and walking forward in life with memories of Joe and Mary Ann as your parents and grandparents. Those you will cherish more as you mark each day forward. Always keep them in your spirit and in your heart for they are always with you. Lord please guide everyone as they walk their new day without Joe in their lives and that each day is given to them with signs of peace. Amen
Gene and Liz Dehler
, Friend
August 16, 2021, 2:12 am
Liz and I are so very sorry to hear about Joe. He and Mary Ann were such wonderful people. We loved visiting with them. Joe was such a good friend to our family (as was Mary Ann). We have so many fond memories of Joe over the last, almost, 50 years. A wonderful man. David, Michael, Joan and Patrick, and your families, especially Karen and grandson Patrick, we are so sorry for your loss.
Arlen Johnson
, Neighbor and friend
August 16, 2021, 12:58 am
Joe always smiled whether using a walker or riding in his wheel chair with faithful Patrick providing the power. Great man of God!
Jeff Bertram
, Friend
August 15, 2021, 1:50 pm
Marlene & I share our deepest sympathy on Joe's passing! He was a good, honorable man. My Mother and Father worked with him as well and now they are together in heaven. Rest in peace Joe and make heaven an even better contoured place!
Bob & Diane Spicer
, Friend
August 14, 2021, 9:09 pm
So very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking with Joe. Thank you Patrick for taking such great care of your grandpa

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