Helen Fitzgerald Dies

Springs resident’s funeral is scheduled Monday in Bridgehampton.

Helen Theresa (Higgins) Fitzgerald, who lived in Springs since 1995, died there on Wednesday. She would have been 83 on April 3.

Fitzgerald was a graduate of the College of New Rochelle where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in French. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

She worked in outside sales for Pitney Bowes, Inc.  Earlier in her career she taught Religion at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville. She served as secretary of the East Hampton Housing Authority, served on the Board of Directors for Windmill Village Houses, was on the board  of Whalebone Village Housing Authority, and was a Suffolk County Ombudsman for nursing home residents.

She was also a founding member of the East End Peace and Justice group, an ESL tutor for Spanish Speaking residents, and a member of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. She served as a past president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. In her spare time she was a writer of distinction and a sailing enthusiast.

A former resident of Massapequa Park for over 40 years, Fitzgerald was the mother of the late William Joseph, Peter and Susan of East Hampton, David and Jo-Anne of Amityville, Thomas A. and Diane of Massapequa Park, Raymond of Westchester, NY, Megan of Copiague, Sheila and Frank Taylor of Durham, NC, Brian and Patricia of Melbourne Beach, FL, and Jean and George Feeney of Johnson VT.

Her grandchildren are David, Michael, Ryan, Joseph, Alice, Nolan, Cassidy, Jonathan, Brianna, Zachary, William, and Katie.

Visitation will be at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home of East Hampton on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton, on Monday at 10 a.m., followed by internment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations to East End Hospice are appreciated.