Cathy A. Fitzgerald
January 25, 1960 – March 19, 2020
CATHY A. FITZGERALD, 60, passed peacefully and faithfully on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Her final days were spent at home, cared for by her loving sister, Becky, with her beloved Schnoodle, Guy Noir, by her side. Cathy was surrounded in love both physically and virtually by the countless friends, family, and business associates from all over the country whose lives she continued to touch in so many ways.
Born January 25, 1960, Cathy was the daughter of the late William and June (Yergens) Fitzgerald. A 1978 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School, she completed her high school education within three years. Cathy earned her BS in Business Administration/Marketing from St. Mary’s-of-the-Woods College in 2001 and her MBA in 2011 from Taylor University. Cathy was a 2000 Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and a 2004 Graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
Cathy began her 24-year career at North Eastern Group after graduating high school, and was VP/Director of Sales & Marketing. She consulted independently in real estate related issues and arbitrated various cases assigned by the AAA. She was regional director of the Small Business Development Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, from 2004-2005. In 2008, Cathy was recruited to establish the United States Senatorial office for Senator Richard G. Lugar in Fort Wayne and served as Director for Northeast Indiana until 2011. From 2012-2019, she served as Executive Director for the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society.
As a philanthropic community leader, Cathy generously provided her expertise and servant leadership to non-profit agencies like Turnstone, Vera Bradley Foundation, Women United, Francine’s Friends, Fort Wayne Airport Authority, American Heart Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Canterbury School, Concordia Lutheran High School, and countless others.
Cathy was a member of Emmanuel Community Church, Fort Wayne, and First Sarasota, Sarasota.
As a life-long learner, mentor, volunteer, and servant leader, Cathy dedicated her 40-plus-year career to making herself better, her community better, and to making an impact on everyone she knew. On January 25, 2020, Fort Wayne Mayor Thomas C. Henry proclaimed the day as Cathy Fitzgerald Day.
Cathy is survived by her sister Becky Knepp, countless friends she loved as family, cousins, a niece, step-grandchildren and “adopted” nieces, nephews, and young people she loved as her own. She was preceded in death by her brother, Craig Bienz, and her nephew, Todd Miller.
Cathy’s final resting place will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Cathy’s family and friends thank Parkview Cancer Institute and Visiting Nurse/Hospice Home Care for the loving care provided during her illness. Donations in Cathy’s memory may be made to Concordia Lutheran High School, Turnstone and Erin’s House for Grieving Children.
Arrangements entrusted with Greenlawn Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.
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Cathy A. Fitzgerald
March 23, 2020
Cathy was so special, such an amazing woman. Her strength is unmatched. I'm so glad I got to know her and got to spend time with her over these past few years.
March 20, 2020
Dear Fitz you will be missed at our next reunion. I always so enjoyed catching up at those reunions. Your charm, grace, class and style will always be remembered and missed. Rest In Peace my dear!
March 20, 2020
I enjoyed Cathy on so many levels as she led IKDDS thru changing times. In many ways she showed us "office based" members of IKDDS the first example of working remotely as we transferred our operations from an independent physical facility to online management of the organization.
May Cathy finally rest in peace as she has made her journey to the home and life she so strongly believed would happen after her Earthly life.