Helen M. Fitzpatrick -- Rochester

May 3, 2017 GMT

Helen M. Fitzpatrick, 85, of Rochester, died Monday, May 1, 2017, at Stewartville Care Center, where she had resided for two weeks.

She was born Helen Marie Vanderburg April 28, 1932, in Chatfield to Christian W. and Margaret (Lenway) Vanderburg, Jr. She spent her lifetime in the surrounding Rochester area. On Aug. 16, 2003, she married Paul Fitzpatrick, and he survives. Helen was a hostess at the Ground Round and Brass Lantern for many years. She enjoyed cooking, canning, crocheting and dancing.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Mark (Marilyn) Yule of Gordon, Wis., and two daughters, Jill (Daniel) Wirth and Brenda Smith, both of Rochester; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also two brothers survive, Christian “Bill” (Dode) Vanderburg, Jr. of Rochester and Charles (Patsy) Vanderburg of Kasson.


In addition, she is survived by stepsons, Mike Fitzpatrick of Mazeppa, Jeff Fitzpatrick of Blaine, Jerry (Kelly) Fitzpatrick of Rochester and Bob (Sarah) Fitzpatrick of Lombard, Ill.; stepdaughters, Theresa Murphy and Sheila Haskins, both of Kasson, Jodi (Dick) Hodge of Rochester and Val (Brad) Felske of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by six sisters, two brothers and two stepsons.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, in the River Park Chapel of Macken Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jean Boese officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the River Park Chapel. Burial will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Simpson.

Memorials are suggested to Seasons Hospice.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.