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Shirley Ann Fitzgerald of Warsaw, Indiana passed away unexpectedly at 8:08 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at her residence at the age of 77.
She was born on July 15, 1943 in Plymouth, Indiana to Dorothy Maxine (Hart) Zehner and Carl August Zehner. Born and raised in Plymouth she was also a 1961 graduate of Plymouth High School. In 1963 she was married to James A. Fitzgerald, though they divorced they still shared the love for their three children.
Shirley moved to Warsaw, Indiana in 1963 and made it her home. Her first job, which she never stopped doing, was being Mom. In 1973 she started working at Kimble Glass in Warsaw. She worked as a packer and after 33 years of dedicated and loyal service she retired in 2006. She loved her church family and had been attending Warsaw Family Worship Center. She really missed being around her church family because of Covid restricting so many activities in peoples lives...but Covid NEVER took away her love for her Lord. Shirley always kept busy and enjoyed a daily journal, scrapbooks, traveling and she LOVED her children and grandchildren. Shirley attended She passed so suddenly but there is no doubt she lived a full life, and the proof is in her children and grandchildren. Shirley left so many memories in her 77 years for her family to remember her by and she will be dearly missed and forever loved.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son: A.J. (Johnna Rainwater) Fitzgerald (Warsaw, Indiana); two daughters: Brenda Hale (Warsaw, Indiana); Teresa (Brad) Kissinger (Kimmell, Indiana); ten grandchildren: Anthony, Brandon, LaKota, Carly, Jimmy, Heather, Jessica, Vincent, Chera and Chasidy; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her mother: Dorothy Zehner (Plymouth, Indiana); four brothers: Roger (Mary Jane) Zehner (Dunlap, Iowa); Bill Zehner (Omaha, Nebraska); Dick Zehner (Monroe, Georgia); Randy (Wanda) Zehner (Conroe, Texas); and her sister: Bev Green (Plymouth, Indiana). She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Zehner.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. Shirley’s life will be celebrated immediately following visitation at 1:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor William Whitaker. A graveside service will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery of Plymouth, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division – Northwest Indiana Office, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545.