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Mrs. Eleanore R. "Lynn" Fitzgerald

Obituary for Mrs. Eleanore R. "Lynn" Fitzgerald

February 14, 1938 - November 19, 2017
East Walpole, Massachusetts | Age 79


Eleanore R. "Lynn" Fitzgerald, age 79, passed away in the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on February 14, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edmund J. and Emmaline J. (Perry) Cashen. She was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts and graduated from Walpole High School with the Class of 1956. Lynn continued her education at Boston State Teachers College, earning her Bachelor's Degree in 1960. She took her first teaching position at the Balch Elementary School in Norwood.

Lynn married her beloved husband, Richard A. Fitzgerald, on August 6, 1960 in Saint Mary's Church in East Walpole. The young couple began their family and purchased their first home in Ashland to raise their children. She took an active role in her new community, running for school committee and hosting a private kindergarten for the neighborhood kids in her own home. While the school year was always busy for Lynn, she looked forward to spending her summers camping with her neighbors and spending time with her family at cookouts.

In 1971, Lynn and Dick moved their young family to East Walpole. After all her children were enrolled in school, Lynn returned to the working world, taking various positions with the Walpole Times, Tile City, and the Walpole Public Schools, as a substitute teacher. In addition, she sold real estate and delivered newspapers in the early morning hours. The extra income allowed Lynn and Dick to purchase a cottage in Hyannis, where they spent many summers.

Lynn decided she would prefer to work from home, so in 1976, she began a family day care. By 1977, the day care had grown into the Amo Et Doceo Liberi Center, a group child care center. Lynn wanted to be available to her children after school, as well as to provide other children and families with quality care and give teachers the opportunity to work in a family friendly environment. Over the years, the day care grew into a multi room center. Today the center provides services for 26 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in Walpole and the surrounding area. Her children, and the generations of children she taught stand as a testament to the love she gave. Lynn touched the lives of many in a very positive way.

While Lynn was incredibly dedicated to her work, she most loved spending time with her family. Together, Lynn, Dick and their children took many family trips and partook in multiple sailings aboard the schooner, Nathaniel Bowditch, out of Rockport, Maine. In their later years, Lynn and Dick loved spending time together at their cottage on Cape Cod.

Beloved wife of the late Richard A. Fitzgerald.
Loving mother of Richard E. Fitzgerald and his wife Deborah of Colchester, Connecticut, Lisa M. Fitzgerald-McKeon and her husband Scott of Walpole, and Scott P. Fitzgerald and his wife Judy of Sandwich.
Cherished grandmother of Jessica, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Timothy, Thaddeus, Kelly, and Brianna.
Sister of the late Patricia M. Lang and Robert Cashen.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Lynn's Life Celebration on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 4-7 PM and Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 9-9:30 AM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 176 Washington Street, East Walpole on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Taunton/Attleboro Childrens Fund, c/o The Department of Children and Families, Mill River Place, 1 Washington Street, Suite 21, Taunton, MA 02780.

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