Helen Fitzgerald

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Helen E. Fitzgerald, nee Feder, 90, of Shiloh, IL, born June 18, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Mrs. Fitzgerald was a federal employee at Scott Air Force Base for 35 years before her retirement.  She was a member of NARFE and the Daughters of Isabella.  Helen was a faithful member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and more recently, a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Shiloh, IL.  She loved to travel, was a long-time member of Linus Blankets of Southwestern Illinois and enjoyed her membership with the O’Fallon Card Club.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Hubert “Jerry” Fitzgerald, who died on July 23, 2009; her parents, Walter and Anna M., nee Mueller, Feder; and a sister, Mary Ann “Mutz” (Robert) Michard.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Gary (Mary) Fitzgerald, James (Nancy) Fitzgerald, and Linda Mehrtens; seven grandchildren, Sara (Michael) Codella, Suzanne (Raiford) Gainey, Amy (Jason) Flowers, David Fitzgerald, William H. Fitzgerald, Tommy (Emily) Kish, and Elizabeth “Libby” Schulte (fiancé, Aaron Cummins); a step-granddaughter, Mysty Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Connor Fitzgerald Codella and Corrine Codella; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 205 Rasp Street, Shiloh, IL 62269, or to Evelyn’s House (BJC Hospice House), 1000 North Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:   Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL, with Father James Thomas officiating. CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Helen Fitzgerald

Barbara Majino said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 12:46 PM

I am very sorry for you loss. Praying for strength & comfort during this sorrowful time. God be with you.

  • St Louis
  • Missouri
Dcn. George Mills said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 8:11 AM

"Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.” – Deacon George Mills- Corpus Christi Church, Shiloh Il.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Genevieve Varda said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 7:33 AM

I lost a very dear friend with the passing of Helen. We worked together at Scott AFB, traveled together, played golf, Red Hats, Linus Blankets.

  • Troy
  • IL
ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 7:09 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Diane L Degener said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 4:43 PM

I got to know Helen through her daughter-in-law Mary when she invited me to join their card group. It was always fun but especially entertaining when Helen and her sister Mutz would pick at each other in good fun and I can picture them back together now picking up where they left off. May you rest in Peace.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Thomas and Debbie Michard said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 1:41 PM

God bless our Aunt Helen. She was always a loving smiling angel. All of us will always be thinking of her. God Bless Debbie and Tom Michard

  • Myrtle Beach
  • SC

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