Mrs. Mary E. Fitzgerald, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at Tendercare Saginaw. Age 85 years. The daughter of the late William and Sarah (Hays) Hurston, Mary was born February 2, 1924 in Elco, Illinois. She married Leman A. Fitzgerald on December 21, 1941. He predeceased her April 1, 1982. Mary was a member of Saginaw Valley Baptist Church where she was active in sending greeting cards to church members. She enjoyed playing cards and taking care of her dog, Sparky. Most of all, Mary loved spending time with her family and friends.   Surviving are one son and two daughters, Robert Fitzgerald, River View, Michigan; Mary and John Tulppo, Saginaw; Phyllis and Bob Keller, Dongola, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Mike (Terri) Fitzgerald, Margaret Ann (Mike) Imerzel, John Kevin Tulppo, Kenneth Leman Tulppo, Rayno Keith Tulppo, Darla Jean Lieby, Peggy Sue Brown, Paul J. Marks; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret and Ray Peavy, Indianapolis, Indiana; several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by a grandson, John Leman, and by three sisters and two brothers, Wilba Bagby, Flossie Dodson, Barbara LaGrone, Oliver and John Hurston.  Funeral service will take place 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Saginaw Valley Baptist Church, 3770 N. Center Road. Pastor Gene Riley and Pastor Reyes Osuna will officiate. Interment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola, Illinois. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Saginaw Valley Baptist Church on Saturday from 12:00 noon until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Saginaw Valley Baptist Church Building Fund.