Tara E. Fitzgerald

September 7, 1996January 11, 2014
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Talented Artist & Musician Avid Reader Age 17

Tara was born 9/7/1996 in St. Paul. She passed away on 1/11/2014. She is preceded in death by her Grandfathers, Edward Fitzgerald and Bua Hoang; Aunt, Danine Fitzgerald. She is survived by her Parents, Mai and Thomas; Sister, Caitlin; Grandmothers, Margaret Fitzgerald, Thang Nguyen; Great Aunts, Mary (Don) Swanson, Catharine Mason; Aunts, Peggy (Mike) Ohlhauser, Patty Fitzgerald, Trang Thi Hoang; Uncles, Ed Fitzgerald, Brian (Monica) Fitzgerald; Cousins, Walt (Sam), Scott (Nichelle), Alex, Charley, Katie (Justin), Nick, Aurelia, Meghan (John), Ryan, Molly (Mike), John, Anna, Erin, Tommy (Pam), Andrew, Shaun, Erik, Nha, Phuong; Close Friends, Erin, Grace, Jill, Jessie, Chloe, Anna, Abby, Kaitlyn, Kassi, Maddy, Maggie and Many Other Relatives and Friends, both here and in Vietnam. Tara loved to skateboard, bake, make funny faces, had a love for everything British, especially British music. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Sat. 1/18/14 at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Church, 4125 Woodbury Dr., Woodbury. Visitation 4-8PM Fri. and 1 hour prior to mass all at church. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Zach Comboni

February 21, 2018

I wasn't fortunate enough to know Tara (personally) but never have I been more saddened, heart-broken or distraught watching Dateline. I'm so deeply sorry for her friends & family. She seemed incredibly genuine (perhaps like a long-lost younger sister I would've loved to have...) wish I could've had a conversation with her while she was here... (appeared we had a lot in common.) Cannot think of someone who deserved that outcome less. She will forever be in my thoughts & prayers... just feels as though we need more young people like her in the world. & when people like her pass this young it makes believing "everything happens for a reason" or things like "God has a plan" difficult to accept. Always will feel spiritually connected to her...

Peggy Ohlhauser

January 10, 2015

Our days and nights are so very empty without you Tara.
Please help your mom,dad and Caitlin .
They and we are swamped with sadness and loss.
Rest in Peace.
Love you.
Auntie Peggy

January 5, 2015

My sweet Tara, we are now days past our first Holiday without you on earth. Your loved ones miss you so much, I know you know that but we now have to go through the next few days which will bring up a year without you in our lives. Please pray for your Mom, Dad and Caitlin and if anything is left over for the rest of us, we need them to try and figure out how we can get past this unspeakable sadness and try to live without you. You are so loved sweetie and never far from my mind. Auntie Mary

December 22, 2014

I know Uncle Don and many other of your loved ones have you wrapped in love, but we here are still reeling and missing you so much. You are in my heart forever, Christmas is not the same without you two. Please pray and watch over us. I love you
Auntie Mary

December 20, 2014

Tara, I've benn missing you so much these last few weeks. This Christmas season is so cold and awful without you. I know a God has his plans but I wish so much you were still here with us. Love you forever and always.
Auntie Peggy

November 30, 2014

We had our first Thanksgiving without you. It was empty. I miss you so much Tara. Love. dad

November 13, 2014

You are on my mind constantly my beautiful daughter. Caitlin, Mom and I miss you every day. I love you so much and hope that God is holding you near. Love Dad.

Carol Romaine

June 14, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss. I was just looking in the internet and found your story there. We lost our son too in the same way and he too was an avid reader, scored high on his Sat's and had plans on attending college this fall. He too loved british shows like Sherlock and Dr. Who. I'm still reeling over our loss and he was 4th child out of our six. We miss him terribly and I'm sure you are too with your daughter. She sounded like a great vibrant young woman. I would like to write to you but I will respect your privacy if you don't care to. I have a memorial website that I made for my son and if you would like to talk you can contact me there. Again prayers for your family and I wish you strength for all the days to come.

May 31, 2014

What is going on now will not bring you back to us, Tara. But if we can stop this from happening to another child we must follow through..we are all still struggling with how hard it is to go on without you . We miss you and will love you forever.

Ed Fitzgerald

May 30, 2014

In loving memory of Tara,

My ever so talented niece that grew too fast and left us too soon.
There are still no words to address the depth of anguish caused by this event.
The only certainty is that we as a family -will remain supportive to brother Tom, sister-in-law Mai, and niece Caitlin for as long as we are still breathing.
Love you all.

Ed Fitzgerald