Longtime Harvard resident, active volunteer, member of ‘Sweet Adelines
Charlotte Fitzgerald. (Courtesy photo)
Charlotte Fitzgerald, 83, of Still River, died Friday, June 19, 2020, at the New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was born in Concord, September 2, 1936, a daughter of Elmer and Evelyn (Spinney) Hill, and grew up in Acton. She was the salutatorian of her class at Acton High School, Class of 1954. She had resided in Harvard for more than 60 years.
She leaves her husband of 52 years, Richard Fitzgerald; three sons, William Hartwell and his wife, Robin, of Millsboro, Delaware; John Fitzgerald of Harvard; Michael J. Fitzgerald and wife, Jennifer of Lancaster; her daughter, Jayne E. Smith and husband, Gil, of Ayer; her sister, Janice Ogilvie of Skowhegan, Maine; grandchildren, Justin Smith of Littleton, Morgan Hartwell of Stoughton, Lauren Vellali of Newton, Jake and Sadie Fitzgerald of Lancaster; and one great-granddaughter, Lyla Smith. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Hartwell in 1965 and her sister, Janet Hill.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Fitzgerald held various positions, including the office manager for Tensitron in Harvard, and for civil engineer Joe Henry, also in Harvard. More recently she worked as an editor and proofreader for a small book company.
For 20 years Mrs. Fitzgerald sang with the “Sweet Adeleines” and was a member of the Harvard Congregational Church. She volunteered her time to several worthy local organizations, including Harvard Help, where she assisted local residents with scheduling and transportation to medical appointments; Abby’s House, a home for battered women in Worcester; as well as Nashoba Nursing & Hospice Service.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. The Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer, is assisting the family with arrangements.