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Laurie S. Fitzgerald, 61, of Iowa City, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at her home.
A Celebration of Laurie's Life will be held at
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the celebration is private but will be livestreamed to enable friends and family to share in the celebration of Laurie's life. There will be an opportunity for those on the livestream to share thoughts and stories.
For those that would like to speak during the celebration and to establish the order of those speaking, please go to Maggie's Facebook page and direct message her or email her at maggiefitzgerald433@gmail.com and leave Maggie a note with your wishes to speak, allowing for some organization and order! (please mute your microphone upon entry).
The Zoom link may be found under the "Tribute Wall" on Laurie's obituary page at www.lensingfuneral.com.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Iowa City. Instead of flowers and plants, memorial donations in Laurie's memory may be directed to a fund that will benefit Maggie's education for graduate school. Cards may be sent c/o Lensing Funeral Service, P.O. Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.
Laurie Sue Fitzgerald, 61, entrepreneur, businesswoman, teacher and was long-term resident of Iowa City and Ojai, Calif. She was the daughter of Ralph and Rebecca Miller and a devoted mother of Maggie Fitzgerald. Laurie was a fun-loving soul who was quick to laugh and equally quick to offer a helping hand. She was the life of the party at any event, easily made friends, and had immense strength and resilience to anything that was put in her path. Laurie loved her friends and family unconditionally, and always had an open heart and soft ear for them. In her 30s, she co-founded a successful business in California that is now internationally operating. She was smart and truly beautiful inside and out. Laurie was special and had an innate ability to connect with people no matter who they were. She loved traveling all over the world and was very open-minded to new ideas and experiences. Laurie also was very passionate about politics and the arts and took up painting in her 40s, where she produced several beautiful pieces of work. In her later years, Laurie worked to give back to her community, becoming a part-time substitute teacher where she loved being able to connect with students since she believed in the value of good education.
Laurie passed quickly and peacefully, yet entirely too soon for all her friends and family who love her so much. We will all miss Laurie immensely for the rest of our lives, but know she will always be with us, at peace, watching over us.
Laurie is survived by her daughter, Maggie Fitzgerald, Santa Barbara, Calif., who is currently attending American University in Washington, D.C.; Maggies father, Mike Fitzgerald, Santa Barbara, Calif.; brothers, Bill Miller, Morse, Iowa, and Terry Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sisters, Judy Suchomel, West Branch, Iowa, Connie Meis, Naperville, Ill., and Deborah Schlegel, Washington, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and loved ones across the country; and her loving Shih Tzu, Mia Fitzgerald.
Laurie was preceded in death by her parents.
Thoughts may be shared with the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.
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