Barbara A. Fitzgibbons

Barbara A. Fitzgibbons, 78, of Silver Creek, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk, N.Y.

She was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Slater) Newton.

Barbara was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory High School in 1951. She also was a graduate of the Famous Artist School of Chicago, a home study program and she attended Fredonia State, where she took art classes. She became a commercial artist and created her own greeting cards. In her younger years, Barbara was gifted with horses and an accomplished horsewoman. She was passionate about the family vineyard. She loved working in the vineyard, her gardens, and taught herself horticulture. Most of all, she adored her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William T. Fitzgibbons Sr., whom she married Dec. 30, 1955; a son, William T. (Kathleen) Fitzgibbons Jr. of Alpharetta, Ga.; three daughters: Paula J. (James) Snyder of Olean, Barbara ”Susan” (John) Saulitis of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, and Kathryn M. (Thomas) Welch of Hinsdale, N.Y.; eight grandchildren: Timothy and Margaret Perrigo, Emily and Ann Saulitis, Colleen and Bonnie Welch, Natalie and Peter Fitzgibbons; a sister, Mary Clancy of Buffalo; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Jeanne Wright.

Prayers will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel in Silver Creek, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Silver Creek.

The family will be present at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Interment will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggest memorial contributions to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; of Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 Chestnut St., Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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