Michael Fitzgerald

October, 2001

The Rev. Michael C. Fitzgerald
November 13, 1950 - October 02, 2001
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa
Resided In: Dubuque Iowa USA
Visitation: October 09, 2001
Service: October 09, 2001
Cemetery: St. Patrick's Cemetery

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Rev. Michael C. Fitzgerald, 50, of the Archdiocese of Dubuque died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at OSF St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Ill. as the result of a motor vehicle accident 14 miles west of Freeport, Ill.

Funeral services were Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Nevada. The Most Rev. Jerome G. Hanus O.S.B, archbishop of Dubuque, presided at the Mass of Christian Burial. The homilist was the Rev. Dennis Cahill. Concelebrating were Revs. Ardel Barta, Dick Funke, Leon Connolly, Jerry Kopacek, Justin Kane, Joe O'Brien, David Wheeler, Jim Hayes, Michael McMillen S.C.J., Jon Seda, John Herzog and Carl Ries. A private burial was held Sunday in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Nevada.

Rev. Fitzgerald was born Nov. 13, 1950, in Ames, the second son of Robert Charles and Pauline Wagner Fitzgerald.

He attended Nevada High School and graduated with the Class of 1969. He earned an associate's degree at Ellsworth Community College and continued his education at Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained May 27, 1978, at his home parish, St. Patrick's, in Nevada by Archbishop James J. Byrne. After temporary duties at St. Joseph Parish in Dubuque and Immaculate Conception in Cedar Rapids, his first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, where he also served on the faculty of Beckman High School. In 1984, he was appointed to St. Patrick's in Cedar Falls and St. Mary's in Dike, while also serving on the faculty of Columbus High School in Waterloo. He was named associate pastor of Pius X in Cedar Rapids, in 1987. He was named pastor at Assumption in Cresco, and St. Bridgette's in Bluffton in 1989. In 1996, he was also named pastor at St. Joseph's in Cresco and administrator of St. Agnes in Plymouth Rock.

He was instrumental in combining the parishes in Cresco into Notre Dame. In 1997, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph's in Marion and St. Isidore's in Springville. In 1999, he began serving in Sacramental Services at the Iowa State Reformatory in Anamosa.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Wagner Fitzgerald of Nevada; four brothers, James and his wife, Kathleen, of Aurora, Ill., Philip and his wife, Mary Jo, of Muscatine, John and his wife, Sandra, and Patrick Fitzgerald, all of Nevada; two sisters, Rebecca Burdess and her husband, David, of Colfax, and Janese Kline of Nevada; nine nephews and nieces, Scott and Anne Marie Fitzerald, Jodi Fitzgerald, Jeremy and Jackie Burdess, Robert Burdess, Jennifer and Eric Peterson, Daniel Fitzgerald and fiance Tricia Frick, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ryan Fitzgerald and Jeff Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a nephew, James Eric Fitzgerald.


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