Gertrude D. Fitch

Gertrude D. Fitch, 86, formerly of Jamestown, passed peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2013, at LifeCare Hospital of Plano, Texas.

A near lifelong Jamestown N.Y. area resident, she was born March 21, 1927, in Jamestown, the daughter of Vincent and Mary Zboch Morris.

Gertrude attended Falconer Schools, and was a communicant at St. James Church. She was married to Albert W. Fitch of the Tunkhannock, Pa. area, her lifelong spouse of 52 years, who predeceased her in 2000.

She is predeceased by five sisters: Elizabeth Taylor, Sophie Johnson, Mary Frey, Helen Mitchell, Frances Sorenberger and Anna Smith; and four brothers: Joseph, Peter and Bernard Blaze and Alfred Morris. She leaves behind a son, Theodore Fitch of Belcamp, Md.; and three daughters: Marjorie Liuzzo of Chandler, Ariz., Helen Calanni of Kerens, Texas, and Alberta Hulings of Jamestown, N.Y. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

Gertrude loved cooking for family and friends, and was affectionately known locally as “Gertie,” a well-liked chef of homestyle meals at the New Way Hotel in Falconer, N.Y. Early in her marriage, Gertrude moved from Erie, Pa., back to Jamestown, residing initially at 108 Tower St., and then later at 31 Loxley Court.

With the passing of her husband, Gertrude in 2003 began spending the majority of her time with her caregiving daughter, Helen Calanni and son-in-law, Dan Calanni in Plano, Texas. Always a stray animal lover, she enjoyed the last years of her life in the Dallas, Texas, area surrounded by her favorite three Bengals cats and a recent Chocolate Lab puppy.

Her funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, in St. James Catholic Church, 27 Allen St., Jamestown, where the Rev. Darrell G. Duffy will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Falconer Funeral Home.

In her memory donations can be made to the SPCA of Jamestown; or the Second Chance SPCA of Plano, Texas.

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