Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Muriel Anne Fitzgerald

Grand-daughter of Catherine (Cassie) Ellis, (of Ireland) and daughter of Whip,

Possessor of faith,

Giver of birth, (x10)

Affirmer of being,

Maker of dinners,

Drinker of coffee,

Eater of jelly beans and chocolate kisses,

Writer of post cards,

Giver of hugs,

Accepter of phases,

Puzzler of federal judges,

Skipper of rope,

Pen pal to prisoners,

Critical of swearers,

Provider of attention,

Protestor of injustice,

Nurser of wounds and illnesses,

Follower of sports,

(Most recently the Brewers and always her Maple Leafs)

Advocate for the persecuted,

Finder of resources,

Considerate of friends,

Greeter of strangers,

Left welcome notes on the chalk board.

Listener to the distressed,

Singer of songs,

Walker of infants,

Waiter-upper for teens and visitors,

Driver on road trips,

Planner of potlucks,

Roll-the-rug upper at parties,

Poo-poo-er of her own scrapes, breaks and bruises,

I'm fine was all she'd say.

Poo-poo-er of your scrapes, breaks and bruises too,

Like it or lump it. Offer it up or, No sniveling, we were counseled.

Conveyor of wisdom,

Challenger of wrongs,

Canner of peaches,

Lifeguard of beaches,

Dreamer of travels,

Weeder of gardens,

Completer of Crosswords, (always in ink)

Admirer of JFK and RFK and loyal to the Queen,

Attender of Mass,

Sayer of Rosaries,

Baker of pies and fruitcakes,

Taker of saunas,

Tipper of cooks,

Distributor of funds,

Painter of houses,

Maker of art,

Builder of bookcases,

Sander of crib boards,

Stacker of firewood,

Reader of books,

Rooter at hockey games,

Schemer at heart,

Cheater as needed.

Citizen of Canada and the USA,

Enjoyer of every day she lived and

Trained toward transformation.

Granddaughter of Catherine (Cassie) Ellis, (of Ireland).

Daughter of Florence M. and Donald B. Smith.

Sister to three beloved brothers, David and Donald Smith and George Ellis.

Wife to John R. Fitzgerald (deceased). They were married June 16, 1951, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sister by marriage to Pat and Ken Kuntz, Ann Fitzgerald, Maureen and Ed Tucker, Margie Smith, Joan Smith and Lenore Ellis.

Mother, Mom or Mumsy to Anne Fitzgerald (Ted Ford), Carrie Fitzgerald, Shelagh Fitzgerald, Kate Fitzgerald, Martha Fitzgerald (Joe Rose), Mary Fitzgerald (Peter Schultz), Teresa (Jim) Halberg, John Fitzgerald (Leslie Fedorchuk), Tim Fitzgerald (Fran Koehler) and Matt (Jennifer) Fitzgerald.

Beloved Grandmother or Granny to 19: George Ford, Audrey Ford, Maeve Jackowski (Jake Price), Matt Jackowski (Doris Liao), Maighie Fitzgerald (Peter Pincetl), Emily Fitzgerald (Drew Stevens), Jack Fitzgerald, Kieran Villoth, Daven Villoth , Luke Strom, Tim (Josie) Strom, Jim (Monica) Halberg, Katie Halberg, Mike (Sheila) Halberg , John Fitzgerald (MiNei Hetzel), Joe Fitzgerald, Liam Fitzgerald, Evan Fitzgerald, Shane (Kasey) Fitzgerald, Carly (Nick) Hamilton.

Great-grandmother to 15: Neala Pincetl, Finlea Pincetl, Miles Stevens, Eleanor Stevens, Henry Halberg, Tess Halberg, Claire Halberg, Milena Halberg, Camden Halberg, Elijah Fothergill, Otis Fitzgerald, Muriel Fitzgerald, Rory Strom, Grady Strom, Jaxon Hamilton.

Aunt Muriel or Aunt Murt to Christie (Kjeld) Smith, Donald Smith, Tony (Arlene) Smith, Marty (Wendy) Smith, Corinne (Barb) Smith, Leo (David) Smith, Kathy Smith, Bob (Terry) Smith, Lynne Smith, Geoff (Megan) Smith, Donald (Jacqui) Smith, David (Jennifer) Smith, Michael (Diane) Smith, David (Josie) Ellis, Mark (Marnie) Ellis, Greg (Sue) Ellis, Jennifer Ellis (Walter), Kathy Fenlon, Dan (Sherry) Kuntz, Ken (Carol) Kuntz, Jim Kuntz, Don (Debbie) Kuntz, Tim Kuntz, Tom Kuntz, Mary Helen Tucker, Ed (Mary Ann) Tucker, Ken Jones.

Fifteen year companion of Bozena Cygelski.

Appreciator of each and every one of these and theirs. She ran us through all the names until the end.

Born: Provost, Alberta, March 9, 1928

Died: Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 16, 2019

Muriel lived in Ironwood, Mich., from 1970 to 2005.


Simple cremation was performed.

Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff of Ramsey Woods Memory Care and AseraCare Hospice for the wonderful, loving and compassionate care they provided Muriel during her last months.

Burial services will be arranged in Oswego, N.Y., in October 2019 on a date to be determined.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ironwood Carnegie Library at