Robert (Bob) C. Fitzgerald, 87, of Dyersville, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, at his home.
Visitation was held 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion service was held at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday July 9, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors were accorded by American Legion Post 137. The Rev. Dennis Quint officiated. Lectors were Michael English and Cookie Scherrman and giftbearers were Kerri Kramer, Katelyn Clark, Mikayla Fitzgerald and Jordan Ruiz. Eucharistic ministers were Kerri Kramer, Kristie Cassidy and Cookie Scherrman. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Dyersville Fire Dept. Pallbearers were Tim, Tom, Dan, Donald and David Fitzgerald, Doug Klostermann, Kirby Kendrick and Mike Kramer.
Bob was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Dyersville, the son of Cleo and Lucille (Nebel) Fitzgerald. He married Sylvia Gassmann May 18, 1957 in Worthington.
He was an active member of Legion Post #137, lifetime member of the New Vienna VFW Post #1683, the Dyersville Fire Department, and AOH for many years. He was past president and Grand Marshal for the AOH.
Survivors include his children: Judy (David) Kirsch, of Dyersville, Jayne Fitzgerald, of Edgewood, Jill Schneck, of Ackley, Brad (Brenda) Fitzgerald, of Dallas, TX, and Barry (Gena) Fitzgerald, of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren: Kerri (Mike) Kramer, Brian Kirsch, Krista (John) Dow, Travis (Melanie) Fitzgerald, Jordan (Chris) Ruiz, Katy Fitzgerald, Lisa (Lucas) LaVelle and Katelyn (Skyler) Clark, Mikayla and Madisyn Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren: Julien, Jude, and Sylvia Kramer, Eliza Dow, Emma Clark, and Laikynn LaVelle, Jessica Sain; siblings: Jim Fitzgerald, of Oelwein, Carol (Leo) Klostermann, of Dyersville, Mary Jane Banning, of Vancouver, Wash., Bev Sampson, of Edgewood; in-laws: Betty Gotto, of Bankston, Gladys Knepper, of Dyersville, Mary Agnes (Jim) Schnier, of Bellevue, Lyle Gassmann, of Dubuque, Marge Gassmann, of Dubuque, Bev Gassmann, of St. Landry, LA, Jerry Gassmann, of Davenport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia in 2000; siblings: Dale Fitzgerald, Lois Fitzgerald, Ed (Karen) Fitzgerald, John (Gene) Fitzgerald; in-laws: Paul Knepper, Marvin (Pat) Gassmann, Betty Gassmann, John Gassmann, Marion “Cookie” Fitzgerald, Keith Banning, Rollie Sampson, Eileen (William) Besler, Connie (Merle) Lueck, Leroy Gassmann, Bob Gassmann, Ken Gassmann and Grace Gassmann.
The family would like to thank hospice nurses, Edna and Ryan, and Home Instead Caregiver, Tina, for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.