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Teresa Marie (Douglas) Fitzgerald

February 25, 1955 ~ April 20, 2020 (age 65)


Teresa Marie Fitzgerald, 65, of Peru, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 20 2020, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 25, 1955, in Peru, Indiana, to William A. and Martha L.(Lewis) Douglas. On October 12, 1984, she married Todd L. Fitzgerald. They had been married for 35 years.

Teresa graduated from Yucca Valley High School in Yucca Valley, California in 1973.  She was overjoyed when she graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in Business Administration in 2017 alongside her oldest grandson.

Teresa had worked for Peru Community Schools in the food service area for 31 years, spending the last several years working as the Head Cook at Blair Pointe Elementary School. Those who worked with Teresa will remember her positive, joyful personality and her award winning chili. Teresa was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary serving as a treasurer for numerous years. She was a wonderful cook and cooked at the VFW’s Friday Night Fish Fry for over 10 years and at the VFW’s holiday dinners.

In addition to being survived by her husband, Teresa was a proud mother and grandmother and is survived by her children and grandchildren: Michele (Danny) Gahs of Peru; and sons, Michael Fuqua of Effingham, Illinois, and Robert Andrew (Amanda) Fitzgerald, of Lafayette, Indiana. Grandchildren: Ethan Gahs, Emma Gahs, Eden Gahs, Emmett Gahs, Amias Fitzgerald and Ayla Fitzgerald.  Teresa’s children and grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She was delighted to be deeply involved in each of their lives.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Karen Roe of Kokomo, Indiana; Debbie Galbraith of Peru, Indiana; Cindy Clemmons of Peru, Indiana and William J. Douglas of Bryan, Ohio.

A private family service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020  with Pastor Marie Parsons Thompson officiating.  Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru.

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