Peggy J. Fitzpatrick, 84, of Mount Vernon passed away at Ohio Eastern Star Home on December 31, 2021. She was born to Elbridge and Goldie (Wright) Rutherford on November 25, 1937, in Delaware County, OH.
Peggy was the daughter of depression era farmers in southern Delaware county. She worked hard her whole life. After retirement, she spent a short period in Georgia, and then back to Ohio residing in Mount Gilead. Her final days were spent at the Eastern Star Nursing home in Mount Vernon.
Besides the love for her children and grandchildren, Peggy loved to cook. She was an “Old School” made from scratch cook. NOBODY ever left her home hungry! She could take just a few ingredients and make a meal to be envied. Peggy also enjoyed glass collecting, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, watching golf, sewing, cards with friends, and finding bargains at auctions & yard sales.
One of the fondest memories of Peggy was her utter joy during a surprise 60th birthday party which was attended by all her siblings, numerous friends, and family. Peggy had special love for her grandchildren, each additional child brought great joy. She always remembered their birthdays and never forgot to send them something. Over the years, Peggy became known as Mom and Grandma “Fitz” to the family. Even with her declining health, “Grandma Fitz”, attended the weddings of two of her granddaughters in the spring & summer of 2021. Although confined to a wheelchair, she joined the spring celebration out on the dance floor with the teenagers showing her stuff!
Peggy is survived by her six children, Karen and Bill Roach of Bradenton, FL, Matthew (Matt) and Connie Fitzpatrick of Mansfield OH, Lewis (Todd) Fitzpatrick of Mount Vernon, OH, Richard (Rick) and Julie Fitzpatrick of Marengo, OH, Barbara (Barb) Fitzpatrick-Tuggle of Johnstown OH, Curtis (Curt) and Marzia Fitzpatrick of Columbus, OH; 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; Peggy is also survived by her sister Marcella Helgeson of Delaware, OH.
Peggy was preceded in death by parents Goldie (Wright) and Elbridge Rutherford, siblings Fred, John, Russell, Wayne, Clara Belle, Doris, Virginia and granddaughter Amber Sarah Roach.
Calling hours will be Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the Snyder Funeral Home ~ Lasater Chapel from 5:00 – 7:00pm with a Memorial Service at 7:00pm.
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