Vera (Jean) Fitzgerald, 86

Vera (Jean) Fitzgerald, 86, a resident of Pontiac Terrace Apartments, passed away March 28, 2011 at home.

Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Della (Sara Dalphine) Hurst Johnson.

Jean had worked several jobs over the years before retiring from Joe’s Tavern.

She was a volunteer for the Oswego Harborfest for 12 years, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s Church. She was also an avid bridge player and a member of Oswego County Bridge Association.

Surviving are three daughters, Maureen (Ian) Wills, Elizabeth Yoder, and Margaret Serrano, all of Oswego; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth (Way) Johnson and Harold Johnson, and a surrogate daughter, Charlotte Sullivan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8p.m. Thursday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Restoration Fund.

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  1. Thinking of you and your family, Peggy, as you mourn…you spoke of her as though she blessed your life and was a lovely person to know. Thoughts and prayers are with you now and always, my friend.

  2. Mo, Peg and BJ –William and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She had a great sense of humor and always had a nice word for me when I would see her. You have our sympathy in this difficult time.
    The Adult Services Unit would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Maureen and Ian (and family): Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Sometimes it seems life’s burdens intensify while we are dealing with one thing, there is another before we’ve put the one behind us. Although I never knew her, I know that the loss of a parent, no matter what age we are, is difficult in many ways. My sympathy to you and your (many look alike? (smile) siblings. Hope the good memories can soon put salve on this wound. It was good to see you and Ian the other day, and hope we run into each other again soon in better times.

    God bless!

    Debbie & Ray Engelke

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