|Birth: ||May 30, 1933|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2011|
Rita Grace Fitzgerald Berry
May 30, 1933 — Jan. 7, 2011
Valley Springs resident Rita Grace Fitzgerald Berry died Jan. 7 at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. She was 77.
Born in Rutland, Vt., she graduated from Mount St. Joseph's Academy in 1951 and began working for the Federal Housing Administration in Washington, D.C.
She and her husband, Carlton Berry, later moved to Calaveras County, where they lived for 40 years.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Berry worked at her family's plating shop in Santa Clara, repaired books for the Health Research Co. in Mokelumne Hill, was a clerk for the district attorney-ACNET Task Force, the Valley Springs News and the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department, from which she retired in 2002.
She was secretary for the Seventh Assembly District Caucus, member of the Democratic Central Committee, St. Andrew's Parish, the Black Bart and Metropolitan Players stage performance groups and affiliated with the Valley Christian Center in Valley Springs.
She financed a window at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in honor of her mother, Emma LaRose Fitzgerald.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Preedom, of Rutland, Vt.; children, Jason Berry, of Mokelumne Hill, Rex Berry, of San Andreas, George Berry, of Stockton, Lorry "Lorraine" Weatherby, of Mokelumne Hill, Jennifer Berry, of San Andreas, Lynne Silva, of Valley Springs, and Carlton and wife Deme Berry, of Elk Grove; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Berry; mother, Emma LaRose Fitzgerald; brothers, Francis and James Fitzgerald; and grandson, Robert Silva.
A funeral service has already been held. She was buried at the People's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calaveras Deputy Sheriff's Association, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Theodore Gerald Fitzgerald (1905 - 1956)
Emma Rita La Rose Fitzgerald (1907 - 1965)
Carlton Merrill Berry (1921 - 2010)
Created by: Garry Kinzie
Record added: Jan 18, 2011
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