Margaret Dell FitzGerald, 92, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 7, 2021, after a brief illness. Born on Oct. 22, 1929, to William Daly and Bernice (nee Norris) in Oak Park, she spent her youth and young adult years in Chicago. While a student at Mundelein College, she met her husband, Christopher James FitzGerald III, on a blind date while he was a student at Loyola University. They were married on June 17, 1950, and had nine children, 19 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
In addition to a very dynamic and busy family life, she graduated from Rosary College (now Dominican University), served as a Great Books discussion leader, volunteered at St. Edmund Catholic Parish, was active in book clubs, served as a docent at the Hemingway Museum, and volunteered reading to children at St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish. She also enjoyed extensive international travel. Chris and Margaret were early part-owners and investors in FitzGerald’s Night Club in Berwyn. A lifelong learner, she was seldom without a book nearby.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her daughter, Margaret Mary. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Claire (Matthew), William (Kate), Christopher (Kathleen), Geoffrey, Sheila (Gregory), Brian (Maggie), Catherine (Joseph), and Terrence (Chris).
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 19 at St. Edmund Parish, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. The church will be open at 10 a.m. for visitation before the 11 a.m. Mass.
In lieu of flowers, kindly donate to the Salvation Army in her memory.