Virginia E. Fitzpatrick, 86, died September 29 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after an unexpected illness. She was a former resident of Falmouth.

She was the wife of Alan J. Fitzpatrick, who died in November 2015. They were married for 53 years.

Born in East Derry, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of William and Ruby Hutton. She was a 1952 graduate of Pinkerton Academy and graduated in 1956 from the Elliot Community Hospital School of Nursing in Keene.

She moved to Massachusetts to work and train in Boston at Beth Israel Hospital and, in 1960, earned her post-graduate certification in clinical anesthesia.

Ms. Fitzpatrick had a 38-year career in nursing and retired in 1994 as a director of nursing in the field of geriatrics.

After living in Andover for 28 years, she and her husband settled in Falmouth to spend their retirement. Ms. Fitzpatrick began working at the Emerald House thrift stop in East Falmouth and served on the hospitality committee as a member of the Newcomers Club. She lived here for 13 years.

Following the death of her husband, she moved closer to her children and continued engaging in volunteer work becoming, after one year in residence, co-chairman of the resident council at Brookdale/Linden of Danvers assisted living community. She served as an advocate for her fellow senior residents, voicing their concerns and rights to management. Ms. Fitzpatrick held the position until her illness prevented her from continuing her duties.

She leaves her children, Mark Fitzpatrick and his wife, Susan Fitzpatrick, Eric Fitzpatrick and his wife, Carol Fitzpatrick, Torrie Laros and her husband, David Laros, and Kerry Eon and her husband, Michael Eon; seven grandchildren; and extended family.

A family celebration of her life was to be private.

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