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Marion D. Fitzsimmons

May 14, 1925 February 16, 2020
Marion D. Fitzsimmons
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Obituary for Marion D. Fitzsimmons

Marion Dorothy (Schultz) Fitzsimmons passed away in peace on February 16, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was 94 years old. Marion was born on May 14, 1925 in West Allis, Wisconsin to Hedwig (Hattie) Schultz and Walter Schultz. Her siblings Ellen, Carolyn, and Donald predecease her.

On July 23, 1955 she married Jerome Francis Fitzsimmons, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, whom she had met while employed as a bookkeeper in the marketing department of Allis Chalmers Corporation of Milwaukee. That same year, Jerry had taken a new position at Ford Motor Company in Detroit; after their wedding, they relocated to Birmingham, Michigan where she built her life as a spouse, homemaker, and mother of five: Ann (Scott Asphaug), Paul (deceased), Thomas (Leslie Parisi), Mark, and Michael (Elizabeth), as a grandmother (James, John, and Kathleen; Caitlin and Brendan), and as a step-grandmother (Victoria Elliott).

Marion loved to travel with family, especially on our many summertime holidays at Lake Michigan. She was most nourished by her quilt-making, by the community of faith that she shared at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer of Birmingham, and by her offerings of her time and attention during fifty years as a volunteer with William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Her work in that role included a term as President of the Volunteer Service Committee, and, upon completion of the William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, as coordinator of its first Volunteer Service Committee. She was also pleased to be a donor to the William Beaumont Foundation.

She will be remembered as kind, thoughtful, droll, and modest, as someone who delighted in offering gifts of her handmade quilts and greeting cards, and as a person of quiet but deep faith. She will be missed by all who knew her, including her dear friend Sandi Hallock.

Our family is deeply grateful for the loving care she received in her last years from the wonderful staff of Home Instead Services of Birmingham, and for the joyful support and skill offered to her and to us by everyone at Samaritas Senior Living of Bloomfield.

The planned May celebration of Marion’s life has been indefinitely postponed due to coronavirus travel and gathering restrictions. We will announce any future plans here. Meantime, please join us in thought and heart as we remember her always, and as we celebrate what would have been her 95th birthday, on May 14th.

Any remembrances in her name to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 West Maple Road, Birmingham MI 48009.

May she rest in peace.

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