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10/06/15 04:27 PM #137    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: The night is about to get lively. Tom, Rich, Steve.

10/06/15 04:28 PM #138    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Patsy

10/06/15 04:29 PM #139    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Lise & Tom

10/06/15 04:32 PM #140    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Another shot of Lise & Tom. The original was in color but over-exposed due to the flash. Their smiles were too wonderful to erase the pic so I reworked it in B&W.

10/06/15 04:33 PM #141    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Chris & Amy

10/06/15 04:34 PM #142    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Amy & Mike

10/06/15 04:36 PM #143    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Neven & Kathy

10/06/15 04:37 PM #144    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Cherri (my wife), Chris & Chris

10/06/15 04:38 PM #145    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Having a laugh with Kathy. As you can see from the smiles in all of these photos, we all had a really good time. 

10/06/15 04:40 PM #146    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Kathy, Patsy, Tom, Lise, Jill, Neven.

10/06/15 04:41 PM #147    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Steve, Joni, Teresa

10/06/15 04:42 PM #148    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Chris, Patsy, Tom, Chris, Mary Lou

10/06/15 04:44 PM #149    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Steve, Jill, Lise, Mary Lou.

10/06/15 04:46 PM #150    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Lise, Neven, Tom, Jill, Chris

10/06/15 04:47 PM #151    

Rich Halligan

Vail, Co Sept 2015: Steve, Kathy, Mary Lou

10/22/15 02:52 PM #152    

Kathleen Hay (Bednar)

A heartfelt thank you from Sr. Mary of Jesus to all of you who remembered her in your prayers, sent her a card or note, and to the thoughtful classmate who sent a basket of plants with pink carnations.  She so much appreciates everyone's thoughtfulness and kindness in recognition of her 40th anniversary as a Carmelite.  Feel free to write her and stay in touch at any time.  She loves hearing about you and really enjoyed pictures of the Vail reunion.  Sister is restricted in her letter writing but is permitted to correspond at Christmas.  Her address is:  Sr. Mary of Jesus, O.C.D., Holy Annunciation Monastery, 403 West County Road, Sugar Loaf, PA 18249.

Thank you, Gaels!

Kathleen Hay Bednar

10/23/15 11:59 AM #153    


Jacquelyn Elbert (Udermann)

Thanks Kathleen for the update on Sister Mary of Jesus.

In a recent correspondence dated 10-14-15 Sister shared this beautiful prayer

with me. I will send it along to all of you to enjoy, "Class of '71".

"Oh my God, I ask for myself and for those dear to me

the grace to perfectly fulfill your Holy Will, to accept for

love of you the joys and sorrows of this passing life,

so that we may one day be united in Heaven for all eternity. "


      ~St. Therese


10/26/15 02:47 PM #154    


Mary Kelly

A beautiful prayer.  Thanks Jackie.

11/15/15 09:27 PM #155    

Kathleen Hay (Bednar)

Our classmate Linda Horan Fitzgerald passed away Friday, November 13.  Linda's services will be at Laufersweiler Funeral Home with visitation 4-8 pm Tuesday, November 17.  The Catholic Daughters of America will lead the rosary at 4:00 pm.  Reverend Bill Schreiber will conduct the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am Wednesday, November 18 at St. Matthew's, Clare.  Linda is survived by her husband Tom, three sons and their wives, and eight grandchildren.  Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers.  May Linda rest in peace.

11/16/15 08:08 AM #156    


Mary Kelly

Thank you for that information, Kathy.  We have lost another classmate.

My mom (Betty) is usually the one who leads the Rosary for Catholic Daughters.  I know my parents knew Linda and thought very highly of  her.

May she rest in peace.


11/16/15 12:56 PM #157    


Mary Lyman (Ryan)


Linda came to my Father's wake in 2012.  She told me she never had met my Dad, but she came to support me and our family.  I will never forget Linda's act of kindness.  I hope as many classmates from the Class of 1971, who are able, will attend Linda's wake, The Rosary, or Linda's funeral mass in Clare to support her family.

Rest in Peace Linda.

11/16/15 02:25 PM #158    


Mary Lyman (Ryan)





November 16, 2015
Messenger News

CLARE - Linda Fitzgerald, 62, of Clare, passed away Friday November 13, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in the Chapel of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthews Church, Clare, with Rev. William Schreiber officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at Saint James Cemetery, Clare. A visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday with Catholic Daughters of America Rosary at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Surviving Linda are her husband, Thomas; sons, Jason (Sara) of Fort Dodge and their children, Jayde, Jericka, Jonah and Dylan; Nathan (Lindsay) of Spencer and their children, Morgan and Lawson; and Kyle (Jill) of Cedar Rapids and their children, Keaton and Rylee; sister, Joann Cloud and her husband Don of Fort Dodge; and brother, Greg Horan and his wife Laura of Sioux City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Eleanor (Lanus) Horan; and sister, Mary Horan.

Linda L. Horan was born on January 13, 1953 in Emmetsburg, IA. She was raised and educated in Pocahontas until moving to Fort Dodge with her family in 1969. Linda graduated from Saint Edmond High School in 1971 and then attended nursing school at ICCC; graduating in 1974. On December 26, 1972, she was united in marriage to Thomas Fitzgerald and the couple established their home in Clare. Linda worked as a Certified Gastroenterology nurse at Trinity Regional Medical Center for the past 45 years. She served as a Eucharistic Minister as a member of Holy Trinity Parish at Saint Matthews Church in Clare. She also volunteered countless hours at Saint Edmond Schools and was active in the Music Boosters at the school.

In lieu of flowers,memorials may be left to Saint Edmond Music Department or to the discretion of the family

11/16/15 03:17 PM #159    

Joni Coughlon

Sr. Mary of Jesus (Terri Harris) has been notified of Linda's death.  Linda was always good about keeping in contact with sister. May Linda rest in peace. God bless.

11/17/15 09:20 AM #160    


Barbara Wagner

Linda was a good friend, so full of life and energy, always with a smile on her face. Yes, doing acts of kindness for everyone was a big part of who she was.  She was there for me when my mom passed, bringing food and moral support.  It's hard to be far away, I would certainly be there for Tom and the family right now. I believe her faith was strong, so am pretty sure she is in heaven now, smiling down on all of us.

I have a thought I like to share when someone passes from this life. 

"When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life's road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gratitude that they once were with us.

Rest in peace Linda.



11/17/15 02:41 PM #161    

Joni Coughlon

Barb, this is a beautiful tribute to Linda. It was so beautifully stated. Linda's death was a real loss to us here on earth. But, Linda is an awesome addition for us in heaven.  God bless you Barb.

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