Sara P. ‘Sal’ Fitzgerald, 93


Sara P. “Sal” Fitzgerald, 93, left this world peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on April 4, 2019. She was raised in Philadelphia, Pa., where she was born Aug. 13, 1925.

Fitzgerald attended Girls High School in Philadelphia before moving to Clarksville, Del., with her parents. It was later that year in Bethany Beach that Fitzgerald met her future husband, Bob, who was stationed at Fort Maggie during World War II. They married shortly thereafter, on Dec. 22, 1943.

The couple eventually settled and raised their five children in Media, Pa. Fitzgerald was very involved in her children’s schools and PTA. She was also quite involved with the Media Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon, an elder and choir singer. One of her proudest accomplishments was working with others for the creation of the Media-Upper Providence Library. Through coordinated fundraising, she helped with the expansion of the physical library and its collections, as well as the addition of Upper Providence.

Once she retired with her husband to Ocean View, Del., in 1977, she joined the Ocean View Presbyterian Church choir, which led to her joining the church circle and a long-tenured involvement there.

Through her life, Fitzgerald thoroughly enjoyed time with her family and her summers on the beach. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She lived a long, full life.

Fitzgerald was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert H. Fitzgerald II, and son, Robert H. Fitzgerald III. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Churchville, Faith Fitzgerald, Sue Williamson and her husband, Doug, and Hope Orhelein and her husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Colleen Fitzgerald, Dylan Fitzgerald, Bridget Fitzgerald, Garan Fitzgerald, Sara Luciano, Rachel Catrambone, Ryan Orhelein, McKenzie Orhelein and Keegan Orhelein; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Fitzgerald’s life will be held at 1 p.m., with visitation starting at noon, on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Ocean View Presbyterian Church, 67 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Ocean View Presbyterian Church; 67 Central Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970, or to Media-Upper Providence Library; 1 East Front St.; Media, PA 19063, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963 (or www.DelawareHospice.org). Condolences may be sent online at ww.melsonfuneralservices.com.