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556 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: 908-233-0255
Fax: 908-233-0497
Mary Fitzsimmons

Mary Fitzsimmons

Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Mary Fitzsimmons, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Westfield, NJ on Friday, May 24, 2019. Mary was born in Newark and is the daughter of the late John and Nora Conway. She grew up surrounded by many close cousins, aunts, uncles and friends in Belleville, NJ and attended St. Peter’s Grammar School before graduating from Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington.
Mary was happily married to Bernard Fitzsimmons for 55 years. They lived in Westfield for 50 years where they raised their four children Mary Claire, Patricia, Sara and Bernie. She was a dedicated and loving mother who took great joy being part of their lives. Mary also loved her role as “Grammie” and adored her grandchildren Michayla, Michael and Keara often taking them on adventures they will forever cherish.
With a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University, Mary was an English as a Second Language teacher in the Elizabeth Public School system for 30 years and also at Union County College. Mary loved her students and was dedicated to their success.
Mary made friends everywhere she went and was a longtime member of St Helen’s R.C. Church where she was an active prayer group member. A life-long learner, she loved to read and travel and gave her Irish setters Molly and Nonie the best life any dog could ever imagine.
She will be dearly missed in our hearts.
Visitation will be at Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield on Wednesday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral will be from the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. Helen’s R.C. Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Bellville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.saveoursetters.org and www.lls.org.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    1600 Rahway Ave.
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
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Christopher Bacey

Posted at 11:25am
Condolences on your loss to you and your family, Mary. It is clear your mom lived a great life and was an inspiration to many. My thoughts are with you.
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Forde family

Posted at 08:51am
Always in our thoughts, with our heartfelt condolences. From all the Forde family in Ireland. Ar dheis D go raibh a hanam....May she rest in peace.
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Robert Wilkinson

Posted at 08:07pm
Parents of friends fall into two categories - cordially pleasant, or exceedingly warm. Mary, your mom had a way of making everyone feel welcome. She was just so warm. I felt that she loved you so much that she wanted to nothing more than to encourage your dreams and friendships. In my youth, talking with her was just so effortless, and she was wise without being patronizing. As an adult we cherished every “like” that she afforded us on Facebook. It served as positive affirmation from someone that we deeply respected. I have the fondest memories of her, and I trust that all of our beautiful memories will help you through the difficult times. Love, Bob and Stephanie Wilkinson
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Anne and John Sullivan

Posted at 11:53am
RIP, Mary We Will Love and Miss You Always Anne and John
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