FITZGERALD, Josephine Latitia
December 31st, 1909 – March 1st, 2014
Predeceased by her husband William James (1902 – 1954); son John Ernest; parents Ernest and Lila Ross; sister Mary and brother Robert. Survived by daughters Margaret E. Cass and M. Sharon Fitzgerald; son W. Ross Fitzgerald (Catherine) and daughter-in-law Anne Fitzgerald; 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews.
Born in Stauffer, Alberta, raised at her parents homestead at Fort Saskatchewan and in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Moved to Victoria, BC in 1944 and then to Ladysmith, BC in 1990. Josephine, our matriarch, loved her family. Always known for her great preserves, she was a fantastic gardener, an accomplished artist and a tremendous seamstress. In her later years her daughter Sharon was her primary caregiver and constantly strived to make her mother’s quality of life as full as possible. Sharon’s level of care was the prime reason that Josephine attained 104 years of life. For this, the family will be forever grateful to Sharon. Since September 2012 she was a resident at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. The Family truly appreciates the loving care and compassion she received from all of the Centre’s wonderful staff.
A graveside service will be held at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 noon. Reception to follow at 775 Middleton Street, Victoria, BC.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Transfer Beach Park on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a brief service at the amphitheatre at 11:30 am followed by a gathering at the large shelter.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org