Rev. Timothy Fitzgerald

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rev. Timothy John Fitzgerald, 44, of the Marion Home and Village in Fort Dodge, passed away on March 11, 2008. He passed away at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames suddenly of complications of the neuromuscular disease, myotonic dystrophy.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Fitzgerald's life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Boone. Bishop R. Walker Nicless will preside.

Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets in Boone on Friday from 12-3 p.m. and then at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. at which time the family will be present to receive friends and a Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Visitation continues Saturday at the funeral chapel from 8-9:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Boone.

Rev. Timothy was born in Boone on Jan. 9, 1964, the son of John A. and Helen (VanLent) Fitzgerald of Boone. He grew up on a farm north of Boone and graduated from Boone High School in 1982. After graduating from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, he continued his education toward priesthood at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., receiving his Masters of Divinity in 1990. Rev. Timothy was ordained a deacon in 1989 and ordained a priest in the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City in 1990. His first mass was said from his home parish, Sacred Heart Church in Boone on June 3, 1990. He served as assistant pastor at Corpus Christi in Ft. Dodge and Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City. He served as pastor in Gilmore City, Rolfe, Royal, and Everly.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Father Tim is survived by three sisters: Shannon Shearer and husband, Mike, Maureen Hollingsworth and husband, Dewell -- all of Boone, and Luann Anderson and husband, Edward of Adel; special caretaker, Deanna Lane at the Marian Home, ladies from Sacred Heart Church who cared for him; and his close support group of Rev. Brian Danner, Rev. Terry Roder, and Rev. Randy Schon and his sister, Maureen.

Memorials may be given to the family to be used at their discretion.

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