Deborah Fitzgerald

April 1st, 2020

Deborah Fitzgerald (Manson), age 84, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on April 1, 2020, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Deborah was born in Winchester, MA, on August 16, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of Spurgeon and Bertha Manson. Deborah was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1953.

Deborah married James Fitzgerald on January 10,1959; the couple bought their home on Marion Street in Wilmington where they raised their three children; Karen, Donna and Michael. Deborah, according to her children, was an “amazing mother”; she was devoted, loving, supportive and fun to be around. When Deborah became “Nanny” to her grandchildren; Heather, Justin, Brianna, Cheyenne and “Great-Grammy” to her baby Michael, her world became even brighter; she treasured the time she spent with them and hardly ever missed a special occasion, school event or sporting event that they were involved in.

Deborah was an AVID knitter; she could “whip up” just about anything with her knitting needles; hats, mittens, sweaters, blankets, you name it she could figure out a way to make it. Deborah’s creations made countless gifts for her family and friends to cherish because they were not only made with her hands but they were made out of her love for everyone.

Deborah, along with her husband and friends, enjoyed going on countless Wilmington Recreation Trips throughout the years; she especially enjoyed “trying her luck” at their Foxwoods excursions.

Deborah will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion for her family and friends; they were her world and she will forever be in their hearts.

Deborah was the beloved wife of James F. Fitzgerald, devoted mother of Karen Roberts & her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Donna Fuchs and Michael Fitzgerald both of Tewksbury. Loving “Nanny” of Heather & Michael MacMillian, Justin & Hannah Roberts, Brianna Fuchs, Cheyenne Fuchs and Great-Grammy of Michael MacMillian. Cherished daughter of the late Spurgeon and Bertha (Jakobsen) Manson, dear sister of the late S. David Manson, Jr. and Donald Manson, sister-in-law of Patricia Manson and Marie Manson. Deborah is also survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Deborah’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Due to the current situation of the Corona Virus and for the safety of everyone, the Fitzgerald family has chosen to have a private service at this time.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Deborah Fitzgerald”

  1. Cindy Field says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Deborah’s passing. I did her hair at Windsor Place. I will miss seeing and talking to her on Fri mornings. She was a very nice woman who I will remember fondly. My sincerest sympathies to all who knew and loved her.

  2. Janice Quandt says:

    To Deborah’s family – I am so sorry to hear of Debs passing. . She had a very nice family.. Always a happy one. I am sure she is in the palms of our beloved Savior God bless you all.

  3. Nita says:

    Deborah to me was the Mitten Lady. Every year I did the homemade table at St. Dorothy’s fair she contributed mittens. I’m sure there were a lot of warm hands in town because of her dedication. God bless her.

  4. Cindy Neal, Steve Neal says:

    To Deborah’s Family, We are so sorry for your lost. She was a warm and caring person. Steve and I have fond memories of her. She will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy.

  5. Lori Bowen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was truly a pleasure helping to care for her and talking shop about yarn, her with knitting and myself with crocheting. Deborah was a wonderful woman!!!

  6. Madeline Bimbo says:

    To The Fitzgerald Family So Sorry For Your Lost Deborah Was A Great Person My Prayers And Thought Are Thinking Of You All God Bliss

  7. Jean Marie Cole says:

    Our Sympathy and prayers to you all. My family and I have beautiful memories, growing up on Marion Street & having the privilege of knowing Mrs Fitzgerald Your home was always such a warm, cozy and inviting place. She always beamed with a joyful smile. May God bless you all. With Love. Jean Marie Cole.

  8. Phil, Heidi, Ashlyn, and Gianna Gilson says:

    So sorry for the loss of Aunt Deb. She will be missed by all of us.

  9. Anne A Harzbecker says:

    I only met Deb a few times. I found her to be a very pleasant, and lovely person.
    So, sorry to learn of her passing. May she rest in Peace.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    With our deepest sympathy.
    Joe and Anne Harzbecker (niece of Doris Lansing Manson)

  10. Joel Collier says:

    I was saddened to learn of Deb’s passing. While working as the driver for Windsor, I had pleasure of getting to know Deb and Jim who were a delightful and dedicated couple. Deb was a very positive and happy person and enjoyed the trips and excursions that we took. I hope that you will find in peace in knowing how much your Mother, grandmother and aunt was loved. She is in my prayers.

  11. Eileen Costello says:

    Karen and Kenny
    So sorry for your loss

  12. Louise and Woody Washburn says:

    Jim and family…Louise and I are so sorry to hear of

    So sorry to hear of your loss .Jim and family. We go back a long way,with many warm memories of Deb. wishing our best and Gods blessing.

    debs passing .
    we all go back a long while, with many happy memories.

  13. Kerry & Ryan Pilcher says:

    Heather and family – We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love to you during this difficult time.

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