Martha Mathilda Fitzpatrick, age 100, of Waverly, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Home in Howard Lake.
She was born May 12, 1911, in Winsted, to Andrew and Julia (Quast) Heimerl. Martha attended the Holy Trinity School in Winsted, graduating June 6, 1930.
Martha and Jack Fitzpatrick were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony Oct. 9, 1935, in the Church of The Holy Trinity of Winsted, by Pastor William M. Way.
Since her marriage, Martha was a faith-filled member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
The couple farmed the Fitzpatrick homestead south of Waverly until 1966. They were blessed with two sons, Jerry and Tom.
Martha and Jack enjoyed 35 years of marriage until his death in 1971.
Her God-given gift of homemaking was a blessing to her family. A delicious cook, a yummy baker, a fine mender, a great gardener, a right hand to her farm husband, and a doting mother filled her day with pleasure and contentment.
Martha continued to live on the farm, or as she often referred to it, “God’s country,” until 1976, when she moved to the Waverly Community Homes. It was there that she gained new friendships that filled her days with contentment. A walk to Mass, on to Pete’s for a few groceries, and then a stop at the café for a cup of coffee were simple pleasures Martha enjoyed with her dear friends from the community homes.
In 2005, a move to the Good Samaritan Home in Howard Lake found her a whole new experience in gaining friendships of young and old, residents and staff, as well as resident families. There, she continued to amaze with her gift of longevity, having very few health issues. She was a little offended to think others thought she should have help with her daily care. “Oh baloney” became a familiar response from Martha to the caretakers when they offered assistance.
Unconditional love was a beautiful gift that Martha extended to her family. Martha delighted in her grandchildren and they, in turn, adored her. Her tender touch reached out as she met her newborn great grandchild recently in a quiet, precious moment.
Martha will be missed by her son, Jerry and Sue Fitzpatrick and their family, Ali Fitzpatrick and Jill Pogemiller (Dan Erickson); her son, Tom and Jan Fitzpatrick and their family Josh Fitzpatrick, Jacob and Alexa Fitzpatrick, and Katie and Paul Schulz and their newborn daughter, June Schulz.
She is also survived by a brother, Ed Heimerl of Chanhassen; sister-in-law Sharon Heimerl of Chaska; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Jack; Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gerald Heimerl; brothers and sisters-in-law Helen Heimerl, Mabel and Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Alice and Ben Heller, Marie Fitzpatrick, and Pat and Bea Fitzpatrick; one niece; and one nephew.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Feb. 9 at noon at The Church of St. Mary’s in Waverly with Father Kenneth O’Hotto as the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.
Casket bearers were Martha’s grandchildren: Jill Pogemiller, Ali Fitzpatrick, Josh Fitzpatrick, Paul and Katie Schulz, and Jacob and Alexa Fitzpatrick.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.