OBITUARY

Alice Barbara Fitzgerald

January 19, 1942January 28, 2021
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Alice Barbara (O’Donnell) Fitzgerald, 79, of Renton, Washington was surrounded by her children when she peacefully and gracefully passed on January 28, 2021. Born on January 19, 1942, in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She is preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, John Joseph Fitzgerald (1987), her eldest son, John Leo Fitzgerald (2013) and O’Donnell siblings: Leo, Joseph, Gertrude, George, Dennis, and Frances. She is survived by five children, Eileen Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald, Nora (Donald) MacKenzie, Kevin Fitzgerald and Karen (Wayne) Ledbetter. Surviving siblings Marie Callahan, Ethel Tetrault, Phillip O’Donnell and Theresa Kaliner.

Alice was the daughter of Leo and Gertrude O’Donnell and the 9th of 11 children. Alice and her siblings grew up behind the family florist (Gertrude’s Florist) on Jamaica Avenue in New York. Alice graduated from Dominican Commercial Catholic High School in January of 1960. Soon after graduating, Alice began working at Scandinavian Airlines where she met her future husband, John J. Fitzgerald. Alice and John enjoyed being the parents of 6 children, Eileen, John, Brian, Nora, Kevin and Karen.

In the mid-1970’s, the family moved across the country from New York and settled in Renton, Washington where Alice was a very busy stay at home mom. She spent many hours chauffeuring around her kids and many neighborhood kids to soccer, piano lessons, football, cheerleading, church classes, dance lessons, karate, matinee movies, softball, picnics and swim lessons. Her days were filled with child-centered activities and sit-down dinners with the family.

In the 1980’s Alice returned to working outside of the home with The Renton School District as an administrative assistant. For years Alice was the lead substitute coordinator for the district. Lifelong friendships were established and many district employees knew Alice for her friendly personality and ability to magically juggle substitutes. In the mid 1990’s Alice transferred to the Maintenance Department where she thoroughly enjoyed the work crew and laughter that filled her days. Alice retired in 2007 and committed her free time to being a full-time grandma.

In the early 1990’s Alice welcomed the first of what would be 8 grandchildren: Matthew, Brandon, Zachary, Peyton, Talia, Drew, Leo and Adelaide. She became known as “Grandma Alice” and her heart was overjoyed with every new addition to the family. She was truly a hands-on and loving grandma who spent most of her retired days with her grandchildren. Grandma Alice could often be found playing at the park, treating grandkids to ice-cream, cheering at a sporting event, attending open swim, reading from her Dr. Suess book collection or just hanging out telling funny stories about her childhood.

Although miles away from New York, Alice’s heart always remained close to friends and family on the East coast. She knew that they were always a phone call or a handwritten letter away.

Alice was a dedicated parishioner at St. Stephen’s The Martyr Catholic Church in Renton for over 50 years. Her close friends from St. Stephen's were always there to share in prayer, give support or enjoy laughter.

Alice lived her life with joy, courage, strength, grace, love and faith. She touched many hearts with her smile, love of life and warm hugs. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Alice’s honor to NAMI-Eastside www.nami-eastside.org/donate or St. Stephen’s The Martyr Food Bank Program www.ststephenlife.co

To virtually attend funeral Mass for Alice on February18th, 2021 , please click on the link below. Tribute slide show and prelude will begin at 10:50am with Mass to begin at 11am.

https://ststephenslife.com/holy-mass-live-stream

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Robin Swanson Knipe

February 21, 2021

I was fortunate to know Alice (Mrs. Fitzgerald for most of my life) through her amazing daughter Nora. I remember every time I walked into her busy dining room being greeted with her warm and welcoming smile. She always had a loving word and lots of wonderful advice for me. I will always be in awe of her kindness and gentleness. Alice raised her children to be strong, loving and kind. She left this world a better place and I am honored to be among the people her life touched.

Rita Nenezich

February 17, 2021

Alice was gracious and loving person and a great friend when you needed one and always good for a talk or laugh, but most of all a great mother. Always in our hearts. God bless you Alice.
With all are love , Rita and Mike

Christine Connolly

February 17, 2021

Aunt Alice was such a wonderful, caring and funny woman! She was so gracious and lovingly welcomed everyone into her home. I will miss her stories of international bowling tournaments, dating a "slightly" older man, flying standby with a family of 8 and the busy lives of a big family. I will always cherish witnessing her loving teasing of my own dad - he was never able to shed the role of pesky younger brother in law and they both clearly enjoyed those roles.

Jeanne Flad

February 16, 2021

Aunt Alice was a true ODONNELL. As a true ODonnell she could talk to you for hours but never bore you, she could make you laugh until you cry and she could made you feel like you were so special and so loved by her. Aunt Alice was so full of life and I will always treasure her trips to NY. I loved sitting for hours at my parent's house and listening to my mom and Aunt Alice share memories and stories of their youth and family. They would talk for hours and then I would find out that they were up all night talking as well! Heaven definitely gained an angel! My love and prayers go out to you all. My heart breaks for you all and her grandchildren that she loved so very much. ❤

Carol Olson

February 16, 2021

As your immediate family was in NY and our in MT, we shared family holidays together, and each member of our family cherish these get-togethers as some of our most wonderful memories of our family holidays. We are thankful to have met some of your siblings over the years, and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the O’Donnells.
Darryl and I have very fond memories of the great St. Paddy’s Day celebrations we experienced at your church, house, and at McCormick’s in Seattle, where John organized sing-alongs, and we were indoctrinated to our present custom of having corn beef and cabbage on that day!
Alice, my best friend, over the years you taught me what that really was and truly means, since we first met as neighbors back in the early 70s. As close neighbors, we raised our kids together, sharing their “ups and downs”, while they played together and became friends. There was never another family that we were as close to as yours, and we thank you for that. I miss our Saturday phone calls and the monthly lunches (before COVID), and we will miss your ever present positive demeanor, and quick wit.

Dot ODonnell

February 16, 2021

i’ve never heard Alice complain about anything! I loved our phone chats. She was a wonderful sister-in-law and mostly a friend! She cherished her family! one of my favorite things was speaking honestly about them.

Tia Dyer

February 15, 2021

What a pleasure and an honor it was to have Alice Fitzgerald in my life. She was such an amazing and strong woman that I have always looked up to. Alice was like my second mother in so many ways. She took my brother and I to many soccer games, fed us, cared for us and loved us like we were her own. I have so many fond memories at the Fitzgerald’s home. We were always welcome to come over at anytime and Alice was happy to have us. Her gracious nature poured out to everyone in our neighborhood. Alice was the most selfless person I have ever met, always putting her family’s needs before hers. What a great loss it is not to have her in this world, but I know she will always be an angel looking out for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. May you Rest In Peace Alice and know that you were loved and cherished by so so many, especially me! With all my love, Tia ( Nenezich) Dyer

Tina and John Ledbetter

February 13, 2021

Watching Alice with her family was a joy. Family meant everything to her. She also welcomed extended family. I have known Alice since her days working in the AD building of the Renton School District. I did not anticipate that she would become part of our family and us of her family. She will be missed. We will miss visiting with her while watching our grandchildren in whatever activity in which they participated.

Megan Lazarte (Connolly)

February 13, 2021

Heaven has gained a new angel. Aunt Alice was a special soul and always so caring and giving. Love spending time when we could on trips to Seattle and her trips to NY. We kept in touch through email and she loved to tell all about what was going on with her family.
To my cousins and families- I am so sorry for your loss. I know she loved you all so much and she was lucky to have each one of you taking care of her. She fought a good fight and I hope she is resting peacefully. In my prayers and thoughts.

Lawrence O"Donnell

February 12, 2021

Aunt Alice was my Godmother. Although she moved her family to Washington state when I was young I was fortunate enough to visit a few times through out the years, including being able to bring my daughters to Seattle to visit the Fitzgerald clan. A fond memory is when Aunt Alice and Aunt Marie came to Phoenix to visit me and Margaret and Sara. Although our in person visits were infrequent we did talk on the phone quite regularly. She always had a positive attitude and shared a loving story about one of my cousins or her grandchildren. I will miss her dearly but will always cherish how loving and giving she was and her deep faith and belief that things will be alright.

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