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Joseph Denis Lawrence "Joe" FitzGerald
Birth: Jul. 27, 1920
Troy
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1988
Tucson
Pima County
Arizona, USA

Military: ACTIVITY DURING WW II
AIR OFFENSIVE: JAPAN, EASTERN MANDATES, LUZON, RYUKYUS, SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES, WESTERN PACIFIC. RECEIVED WW II VICTORY MEDAL, AMERICAN SERVICE MEDAL, ASIATIC-PACIFIC SERVICE MEDAL AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL. STAFF SERGEANT/COMPANY CLERK 494TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON, U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS.

Joseph Lawrence FitzGerald was born on July 27, 1920 in Troy, New York. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School. Following that graduation from grammar school, he was admitted to the LaSalle Institute, founded and operated by the Christian Brothers Order from Ireland in Troy, New York, graduating on June 25, 1939. The LaSalle Institute was a military (day) school. During his life, Joe reported that the Brothers were very strict and would tolerate no misbehavior from any student. He further described their school uniforms as similar to that of the West Point Army Cadets. Due to his high grades at LaSalle, Joseph received two high school diplomas. One diploma was issued by LaSalle and the other from the Board of Regents of the State of New York (indicating that he completed all matriculation requirements successfully and that would allow him to attend college or university). He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps as the Company Clerk during World War II. Joseph was a route supervisor for a freight company in California. He retired as a transport officer for the Alberta Provincial Government in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. After two major cardiac arrests, with the first being on 10 January 1987 shortly after he moved into the Tucson home. Joe's wife, Beverly, was present and had delayed getting ready for work. Joe's son, Denis, had been recently laid off his job with Safeway and was also at home in his bedroom. When Beverly called Denis for help, he came to the scene, saw his father on the floor and immediately called "911" while Beverly was performing CPR. As soon as he completed notifying the EMS operator about the situation and location of the incident, Denis moved in to work with his mother to continue 2-person CPR until the paramedics arrived, got their equipment set up and took over. Joe lived for another 1.75 years after that. In late September 1988, Joe was admitted to the hospital due to acute kidney failure as demonstrated with a potassium level of 7.2. Dr. Hector Laurence Garcia consented to Joe's wishes to never be connected to life support equipment in an emergency if that situation should arise during the hospital admission. The physicians were treating Joe's kidney problem and his potassium levels were dropping to near normal level but his cardiac activity continued to be a serious problem. His heart would, very frequently, go into long runs of premature ventricular heartbeats in between his usual atrial fibrillation. Joe had the atrial fibrillation for many years that was secondary to his grossly enlarged atria with mitral insufficiency.excessive amount. Joe died on September 25, 1988. He was cremated (Denis Michel FitzGerald, the decedent's only son, made the decision to have his father cremated because he believed that was his father's wish) on September 25, 1988.

He was baptized as: Joseph Denis Fitzgerald on 04 August 1920 in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 138 Twelfth Street, Troy, New York 12180 by Rev. Thomas Early. The Godparents were: Denis M. FitzGerald (paternal Uncle) and Agnes Riley (maternal Aunt).

The source of this baptismal record is a certified copy of the record issued 14 July 2005. Joseph accepted the name: Joseph Lawrence FitzGerald at the age of 12 years in 1932. He continued to use that chosen name throughout the remainder of his life. It was on all his school records, military and other government records as well.

He married Beverly Claire Medlenka 10 Jun 1963 in Redwood City, San Mateo, California.
 
 
Inscription:
Flat bronze marker issued by the Veteran's Administration.
 
Burial:
Greenacres Memorial Park
Ferndale
Whatcom County
Washington, USA
Plot: Block 41 Sec. 87 Lot 6
 
Created by: Beverly Claire Medlenka ...
Record added: Mar 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13568678
Joseph Denis Lawrence Joe FitzGerald
Added by: Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 
Joseph Denis Lawrence Joe FitzGerald
Added by: Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 
Joseph Denis Lawrence Joe FitzGerald
Added by: Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 
 
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Rest in peace...
- Nancy
 Added: Jun. 1, 2013

- Linda Crawford
 Added: Mar. 8, 2006
Rest in peace my beloved husband. We will be together forever, in eternity when God has determined that my work on earth is finished.
- Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 Added: Mar. 8, 2006
 
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