Mrs. Mary Kathryn Fitzgerald

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“Dear Barb and Siblings,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister, Kaye. I only remember seeing her a couple of times since she was already off...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear of your loss. Though we lost touch after high school, I have always had fond memories of the time we shared both at St. Pat's and...Read More »
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3 of 15 | Posted by: Rick Fitzgerald - Riverdale, MD

“Deepest sympathy for all of Mary Kaye's family. We were classmates at Marquette. Sending prayers your way. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Kay (Flori) Van Voorhis - IL

“We were classmates at St.Patrick's and Marquette .She was a very sweet person and was always very nice to me.Condolences to all the brothers and...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“My heart felt sympathy to Kaye's family.She.probably was at St. Patricks School when I was there as Assistant pastor.Be assured of my prayers for her...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Fr. Peter Donohoe - Alton, IL

“Kaye was my big sister who I looked up to as a little girl. I'll never forget my first train trip was to Chicago to visit her with my other sister...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Martha (Van Buren) Yost - Godfrey, IL

“Mary Kaye as I knew her as we grew up together, as neighbors and classmates at St Patrick's school in Alton. We walked to school together and often...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jana Theisen Howell - Chemung, NY

“Graduated from Marquette High with Mary Kaye...I always admired her, and I'm saddened to hear of her passing. Tom Hackworth (Chesterfield, MO) ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“With Kaye's passing I have lost a very special sister. I'll forever cherish the quality time I shared with her during my monthly visits to Chicago...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Ken Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ

“I lived with Kaye while I atended Loyola University in Chicago. I was there when she met Dick Fitzgerald. I could never keep up with her in math,...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Hatch - Phoenix, AZ

“Kaye was my cousin. I remember her helping my brother and I finish a ship model we had built. Tom and I were amazed at her skill. She would babysit...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Dan HUGGINS - Florissant, MO

“I am the youngest of Kaye's sisters and didn't get to know her until I was a bit older. She left for college when I was 2. In 5th grade I spent the...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Nessler - West Des Moines, IA

“Kaye was 8 years older than I. When she was a cheerleader for St. Patrick's Grade School in Alton, I was chosen as a mascot. I will never forget...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Hatch - Phoenix, AZ

“Kaye was quite a few years older than me, but from the beginning we shared a love: MATH! I will never forget spending time sitting with her when I...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Patricia Wootton - San Rafael, CA


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Mary Kathryn "Kaye" Fitzgerald (Van Buren) passed away on November 18, 2016 at the age of 73 years old at her home in Sparta, NJ.

She was born in Alton, IL on December 30, 1942, daughter of the late Paul Van Buren and her mother Loretta Van Buren, 95. She was a graduate of Marquette High School in Alton, IL, received her bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and earned her master's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

During her teaching career, Kaye taught mathematics at Cardinal Stritch High School in Chicago, IL, Wallkill Valley Regional High School in Hamburg, NJ, and Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed rooting for her beloved Yankees.

She is survived by her three sons Richard Paul Fitzgerald of Riverdale, MD, James Michael Fitzgerald of Denville, NJ, and Robert Edward Fitzgerald of North Arlington, NJ, and her grandson Lennon Thomas Fitzgerald of Denville, NJ. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Francis Fitzgerald, in 2007. She is also survived by three brothers, Robert, Richard, and Kenneth, and five sisters, Barbara, Martha, Patricia, Elizabeth, and Laura. Her brother, John Lawrence Van Buren, passed away in 2001.