Palm South Jones Mortuary

1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV


Sally A. Casanova

July 6, 1935January 5, 2020
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Sally Ann Fitzgerald, born July 6, 1935 in McKinney, Virginia to Joseph and Patsy Fitzgerald, was called home January 5, 2020 with her children by her bedside. Sally, the ninth of twelve children, attended Virginia Avenue Elementary and Peabody High School in Petersburg, Virginia. Subsequent to the passing of her mother, at age 14 she relocated to Brooklyn where she resided with relatives. During that time she attended Tilden High School but later transferred to Palmer Memorial boarding school in North Carolina. There she completed and received her High School diploma. Upon graduation Sally began her career in the medical field as a Nurses’ Aide at Queens General Hospital. In 1955, through a blind date arrangement she was introduced to her late husband Ralph Joseph Casanova. They married April 6, 1958 and out of that union came three children; Kevin, Tammy, and Raphael. In 1970, she pursued her dream of becoming a registered nurse and enrolled in Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. She graduated in 1972 and began a 30 year nursing career at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Center NY. Throughout her professional tenure she was presented with several Appreciation and Service awards and also served on the hospital Safety Committee. Sally joined her husband in retirement in 2002, and in 2003 they relocated to Las Vegas, NV to continue their favorite pastime – travel. Together they traveled the world experiencing the beauty and riches of Italy, Greece, Croatia, Panama, Alaska, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Sally’s favorite, Hawaii. Sally was also active in her Las Vegas Siena Community where she volunteered her time serving on the Parking & Safety Committee. Sally loved “people” and they loved her. She had an outgoing personality in which she was often found striking up conversations with strangers. She was so friendly that even the grocery store clerks knew her on a first name basis. She had many interests and hobbies that included travel, shopping, jewelry, shoes, walking, picture puzzles, crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting. Sally was also a member of the Impromptu Club; a woman’s social group that outreached to the community planning and organizing community social events as well as donating to families in need at Christmas. Sally was also known for her strength and tenacity to overcome. As a former breast and five year pancreatic cancer survivor, she fought a good fight and she finished her course. Her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ carried her through many challenging days. While receiving chemotherapy treatments her personal ministry was encouraging others in their fight to survive cancer. The nurses loved her and would often call on her to support and encourage other women. Family was central to Sally’s life. The affectionately displayed pictures throughout her home brought a sense of warmth to the heart. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grand. Sally was the epitome of a wife, mother, and friend. She loved, supported and nurtured many with her acts of kindness and exemplified the life of a Proverbs 31 woman. She leaves behind three children; Kevin (Marsha), Tammy Stradford (Wendell), and Raphael (Cassandra), five grandchildren Courtney Bryant (Tyrone), Tyler, Julian (deceased), Christian, Cayden and Cameron, one great-granddaughter, Taylor-Jade; one sister Mona Wright, two brothers; Charles and Horace Fitzgerald (Mary), and a host of nieces and nephews.


1 February

New York Memorial Service

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

122-05 Smith Street
Jamaica, NY 11434


  • Las Vegas Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020


Sally A. Casanova

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Patricia Drayton

January 23, 2020

Tammy, all of Rhema Prayer Ministries in the New York Chapter is full of heartfelt love for you and continue to uphold you, Kevin, Ralph and the rest of your family in prayer during this very difficult and sad time.

Personally, I will miss the opportunity to see your mom whenever she came to NY to visit family. (It's amazing how much Taylor-Jade looks like her!!) Much love, Pat

Marsha Casanova

January 23, 2020

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday and days before that too, I think of you in silence, I often speak your name, I have all our memories and your picture in a frame, your memory is my keepsake with which I will never part, God has you in his keeping, I will always have you in my heart, I miss you already, I will love you forever, your other daughter, Marsha Casanova

Sheila Wilson

January 21, 2020

Aunt Sally Was My Rock When Her Brother Linwood, Also My Father, Who Raised Me From Two Years Of Age Became Ill. She Participated, And Supported Me In Every Aspect Of Her Brother’s Care. When It Became Apparent My Father’s Circumstances (Which Ultimately Led To His Demise) Would Be Changing Beyond My Control, Aunt Sally Gathered The Remaining Siblings To Intervene..
Aunt Sally Knew My Dad Was My Hero And He Loved My Sons, His Grandsons Quinlyn & Ely’sha.

She And I Could Talk Like Girlfriends, As We Were Like Soul-Sisters, And Understood Each Other Perfectly. Our Birthdays Were Only Three Days Apart. I Honored, And Respected Her Immensely, And Loved Her Even More.

She Never Made Me Feel Less Than Her Niece, Or Being Family. She Had A Beautiful Spirit . She Could Also Be Fierce, And Feisty If Need Be. There Were Many Days When We Would Talk, I Felt Like I Was Her Mini Sally..😂🤣😂🤣.. However, She Also Had A Great Sense Of Humor. She Was Full Of Life, And Love.

I Only Wished We Had More Time, But God Knew She Was Tired And Wanted Her To Rest... Now, I Pray She Is Brand New; Laughing, Singing, And Dancing, In Heaven...

I Will Forever Love And Miss You, Thank You For Loving Me Aunt Sally.. Sheila, Q, & E❤️❤️😇🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Wendell Stradford

January 20, 2020

Hello and thank you to all those that sent a memory or condolence for: Mom, Sally or Mrs.C!
My Mother-inLaw, was a very compassionate, loving woman. She took me into the family and made me feel right at home 30 something years ago. If Tammy and I needed or wanted anything she and Dad (Ralph) were there for us. She was a wonderful grandmother, always doing for Courtney and Tyler. Then there was the BREAD PUDDING! My own mother couldn’t make it like that, nor could Tammy. I remember calling her and asking for it. She’d make an entire pan for just me, and another for everyone else.
She loved when we came to visit in Vegas, taking us around to show off her family to her friends in Siena. Coming to NY on the Fourth of July for a ride on the Police boat for the firework show. Being able to meet her great granddaughter Taylor-Jade, and being able to attend her first granddaughter Courtney’s wedding. I’ve so much to say, but so little room to do it. I loved Mom, very much, and am going to miss her...........even more!

Cyndie Shoemo

January 20, 2020

I had the honor of meeting Ms.Sally at her dinner table! She was the epitome of grace and servitude! My condolences to the family. I assure you that your memories will help you heal!
Cyndie Shoemo

Vicki Kosmala

January 19, 2020

Sally my friend you fought a good fight. I always looked forward to seeing you at Albertsons. The connection we had both being Breast Cancer Survivors is a bond we shared. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to make you a knots of love blanket and hoped it brought great comfort. Hopefully someone in your family will use your blanket and feel your loving arm around them. I will miss the hugs we shared 💜

Michelle Polk

January 19, 2020

I knew Ms. Sally for only a short time. Her spirit was so warm and inviting. She will be missed but never forgotten. My prayers for those of us she leaves behind with such fond memories.

Michelle, Jon and Jonathan Polk

Denise Lois McMahon

January 17, 2020

Aunt Sally
This prayer describes you to me
Such a strong spirit.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me,
I rise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
(Prayer of Saint Patrick)

Well done my good and faithful servant.
Let us celebrate together.
Matthew 25:21

Love forever from your niece Lois.

Samuel Fitzgerald

January 17, 2020

You are my Aunt that Always Encouraged Me and Inspired Me To Do Well and Succeed in Life during my most impressionable years.
You Will Truly Be Missed and Never Forgotten.
Your Nephew,

Theressa Rice

January 16, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences to you today as Sally was truly a gift. Her generous smile and love for you all will surely be missed.
- Theressa Rice (Los Angeles)