Sister Jean Veronica Fitzgerald, CSJ
Sister Jean Veronica Fitzgerald, CSJ, 88, died Friday, November 29, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 66 years.
Sister Jean was born in Syracuse, NY, on March 15, 1925, daughter of the late Howard and Veronica Lancier Fitzgerald. She graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Syracuse and worked for three years as a technician for Solvay Processing. On March 19, 1947, Sister Jean entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 15, 1952. She completed her undergraduate studies in science at The College of Saint Rose and her graduate studies in education at SUNY/Binghamton. For 55 years, Sister Jean taught science and math in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including: St. Patrick’s School and Catholic Central High School, Troy; St. John the Baptist Academy, Syracuse; St. Mary’s Academy, Glens Falls; St. Mary’s Institute; Amsterdam; St. Mary’s School, Oswego; Saratoga Catholic High School; and Catholic Central High School, Binghamton. For the last 16 years of her active ministry, Sister Jean served at Seton Catholic Central High School, Binghamton, as chemistry teacher, resource-center instructor and member of the Alumni Office staff. Sister Jean moved to St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, last year.
Sister Jean was an outstanding teacher: dedicated, inspiring and professional. Whether she was instructing high achievers or the less gifted, she was creative, encouraging and kind. Sister Jean’s enthusiasm for teaching was best portrayed as she taught her classes to sing the elements of the periodic table and as she demonstrated the practical applications of chemistry to the wider world. Sister Jean’s delightful sense of humor and generosity of spirit brought out the best in people, and her ability to find joy in simple pleasures led her to a life of contentment and peace. She was an ardent knitter and a talented cook who thoroughly enjoyed sharing the fruits of her labor. In fact, she created nearly 150 shawls and lap robes for the prayer-shawl ministry. A devoted Sister of St. Joseph, a woman of strong and enduring faith and a loyal friend, Sister Jean will be greatly missed.
Sister Jean Veronica’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Jean’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.