James David Fitzgerald, 83, of Maynard, died peacefully Tuesday Dec. 17, 2019 at Oelwein Health Care Center. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25, 2020 at the American Legion in Oelwein. Private graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. The Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home is caring for arrangements. For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.
James was born Oct. 20, 1936 to Cleo and Lucille (Nebel) Fitzgerald. He graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville with the class of 1955. On Feb. 1, 1962 James married Marian “Cookie” Lawver. Their 48-year marriage was blessed with the birth of five children: Ruth Steinbronn, of Oelwein, Donna Fitzgerald, of Rochester, Minn., Donald (Shannon) Fitzgerald, of Maynard, Shirley “Bird” Fitzgerald, of Rockford, and Mary Jane Fitzgerald, of Oelwein.
Jim was a long time employee of the CNW Railroad in Oelwein, retiring in 1990. Later Jim and Cookie managed the Lilac Motel in West Union for several years before returning to Oelwein where they spent their time enjoying their growing brood of grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his children; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; his siblings: Mary Jane Banning of Logan, Utah, Beverly Sampson of Edgewood and Carol (Leo) Klostermann, of Dyersville; also in-laws Bill and Jo Zacharias of Glendale, Ariz., Betty and Toby Baker of Napa, Idaho and Jim and Linda Stinger of Branson, MO, along with many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Cookie in 2010; his parents; his brother Dale; his sister Lois; his brothers and sisters-in-law: John and Virgene Fitzgerald, Eddie and Karen Fitzgerald, Bob and Sylvia Fitzgerald; his brothers-in-law Keith Banning and Rollie Sampson; his in-laws Dick Lawver and Evelyn (Bathke) Hall; and his sister-in-law Shirley Lawver in infancy.