Phyllis Jeánne Fitzpatrick, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
She was born on June 29, 1925 in Bellefontaine to the late Dean J. and Bessie P. (Blackmore) Stafford.
On February 11, 1949 she married Ralph Edward Fitzpatrick in Bellefontaine and he preceded her in death on November 19, 2007. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dean Stafford.
Surviving are her children, Michael (Judy) Fitzpatrick, Jerry (Lynn) Fitzpatrick, both of Bellefontaine, Mary Ellen (Patrick Horgan) Fitzpatrick of Columbus and Julia Anne (Timothy) Fitzpatrick-Cooper of St. Charles, IL; 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A 1943 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Phyllis worked for the Army Air Force during WWII serving in Washington, DC. After she was married, she worked at Westinghouse in Bellefontaine and then for Dr. William Doup. She was the former owner/operator of McKee’s Creek Antiques.
Phyllis was a huge Bellefontaine Chieftain fan and a longtime supporter. For 20 plus years she was a mentor for middle school and high school student athletes and was awarded the BHS Booster of the Year. She served on the Junior Guild at Mary Rutan Hospital.
Visitations will be from 2 to 5 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine on Sunday, October 14th. A 10:30 am funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, October 15th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bellefontaine with Rev. Patrick L. Sheridan officiating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery Columbarium.
Family has requested that memorial contributions be made to: BHS Athletic Boosters, c/o Bellefontaine High School, 820 Ludlow Road, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 328 East Patterson, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.