Louise Fitzgerald

Louise Fitzgerald, age 87 of Milesville, SD, died February 14, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, February 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Barb Bowen, vocalist. Ushers were Dawn Nipp and Kirsten Stilwell.

Pallbearers were Dallas Fitzgerald, Colt Fitzgerald, Erika LeBeau, C.J. Fitzgerald, Denise Fitzgerald-Johnston, Daniel Fitzgerald, Darcy Fitzgerald-Triplett and Kelsey Fitzgerald.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Louise Pauline Fitzgerald was born on September 13, 1920, on a ranch west of Midland, the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Timm) Stahl. She grew up on the ranch and attended Midland school, graduating from Midland High School. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she received her teaching degree. Following her studies she moved back to the Midland area where she taught at the Witcher School for three years. It was at this time she met James Fitzgerald.

On September 8, 1944, during a break from boot camp, they were married in Rapid City, SD. Louise and Jimmy then moved to San Mateo, CA, where they made their home while Jimmy was finishing his tour of duty in the Navy.

While living in California, Jimmy and Louise's eldest son, Bruce, was born. Two years later the family returned to South Dakota where they made their permanent home on a farm-ranch in the Milesville area, and had six more children; Dawn, Duane, Cheryl, Mark, Brett and Dana.

After her husband's death on November 20, 1996, Louise continued to reside on the farm-ranch until her death.

Louise was a loving mother who always had her children's best interest at heart. The love her children felt for her knew no bounds and the loss of her will be felt forever.

Grateful for having shared her life include four sons, Duane Fitzgerald and his wife, Deborah, of Pierre, Mark Fitzgerald and his wife, Lori, of Rozet, WY, Brett Fitzgerald of Geneva, Switzerland, and Dana Fitzgerald of Milesville and his fianceé, Lana Hussey, of Rapid City; one daughter, Cheryl Steelman and her husband, Steve, of Casa Grande, AZ; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Speck of Wessington Springs, Edna Speck of Wessington Springs, and Elfrieda Noteboom of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Jimmy, Louise was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Wayne Fitzgerald, and a daughter, Dawn Rae Fitzgerald.

A memorial has been established. Arrangments are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com