Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Mary Lou Fitzpatrick

June 29, 1940December 11, 2019

Mary Lou (Curran) Fitzpatrick of Walpole, formerly of Norwood and Marion died peacefully December 11, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of James B. Fitzpatrick with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Devoted mother of James of Costa Mesa, CA and his wife Kathy and their daughters Drew and Kate; Michael of Charlestown and his daughter Jillian and her mother Ruth; Dr. Brian of Marion and his wife Theresa and their children Aibhlin, Collin, Alanna and Failenn. Loving sister of Carole and her husband Donald Meis of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Connie and her husband Daniel Crean of Denviles, New Jersey; Lois and her husband Joseph Staula of Sharon as well as her beloved friend whom she considered her brother Fr. James Barry of Malden.

Born and raised in Norwood, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Curran, Mary Lou was a graduate of Norwood High School (1958) and Emmanuel College (1962). She was an educator in the Norwood Public School System as well as St. Catherine of Sienna School. Fun, loving and with an outgoing personality, Mary Lou was a hostess for many years at Norwood’s Olde Colonial Café. She was an elected member of the Norwood Housing Authority for seven years; a former Vice Chair of the Norwood Democratic Committee; a Hospice volunteer and a volunteer tour guide on The Boston Harbor Islands. She moved to Marion in 2011 to be closer to her grandchildren and delved into her new community. She helped direct plays at Nativity Prep in New Bedford, served on St. Rita’s Parish Council in Marion, joined a book club, a “lunch” club and was a member of the Sippican Women’s Club and the Tobey Hospital Guild. Affectionately known as “Glitzy Nana Fitzy”, she loved cheering on her grandchildren at their sporting events and theater performances. Throughout her life, she had a gift for making and keeping friends and was a cherished confidant to many. She loved traveling with and visiting her girlfriends preferably in warm, beachy destinations. A devout Catholic throughout her life, she was a parishioner at St. Catherine’s and St. Timothy’s in Norwood, St. Rita’s in Marion and St. Anthony’s in Mattapoisett.

Visiting hours at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood on Monday, December 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 549 Washington Street, Norwood.

Mary Lou’s family is eternally grateful to her primary care physician Dr. Amy Wiegandt; everyone at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, especially Drs. Kumar and Blanchard, the staff and residents at New Pond Village and her team at Old Colony Hospice for the compassionate care they all provided to Mary Lou during her illness. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary Lou’s name may be made to Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.


  • Visitation Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 17, 2019


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George Fahey

January 10, 2020

Jim, I am so sorry to learn of Mary Lou’s passing. I appreciated her sense of honesty and fun , and her kindness to me.I will never forget our work together over 13 years. your integrity is a profound influence on many,certainly including me. I am very sorry for your great loss. with love and respect, George Fahey

kevin hurley

December 31, 2019

What a wonderful, wonderful lady Marylou was-is. I, a Norwood-newbie, have benefitted tremendously from Marylou being "the queen of Norwood" and mother (Mr.Fitz's wife, too!) of an incredibly helpful family to me as I've established my life. Living in memory, Marylou has made a great continued-life. God bless Marylou.

Nancy Roberts

December 18, 2019

My deepest condolences to Jim and all of Mary Lou’s family and friends who loved her. I was one of the lucky ones to know and work with Mary Lou in the Norwood Public Schools. She was a joy to know. May she Rest In Eternal Peace.

Kevin Connolly

December 17, 2019

I am so very sorry that I found out about Mary Lou's passing so late. She was a large part of my professional life in the Norwood Public Schools and that, inevitability, blended into a close personal friendship, as well. I will remember her,always, as a vivacious but tenacious professional in the challenging arena of Special Education. As a friend, we shared that esteemed title of "Townie"in Norwood. Mary Lou, lived that role to the limit and she will always remain the essence of all that was, and is, good about her native town. I will miss her dearly.

Karen Curley

December 15, 2019

I work at New Pond Village as a waitstaff. Mary Lou was such a positive and upbeat person you would never know she was sick always came into the dining room with a big smile on her face and just happy to see everyone. She loved life and loved people. She always looked beautiful and stylish. I will miss her smile but i am so happy i had the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful person.

Lindsey Bell (Lloyd)

December 13, 2019

So very sad to hear about Mary Lou’s passing. She was an amazing, supportive, loving friend to my mother for 60 plus years. They had some great times together and will both find each other in heaven I’m sure. Deepest sympathies to Jim and all of her kids and grandkids. She was very special to so many ❤️.