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Joan Duvall Fitzgerald
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Joan Duvall Fitzgerald, 85, of Marietta passed away October 27, 2017 at her home with her children by her side after a difficult struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. Joan was born January 1, 1932 to Glen and Lillie (King) Duvall in a log cabin on her paternal grandparents farm. The family resided in Archer's Fork near Dart until moving to Marietta in 1937.
A 1949 graduate of Marietta High School with a concentration on secretarial skills, Joan worked approximately ten years at the Marietta Times as one of the first teletype operators and as a proofreader before beginning her family. A dedicated parent, Joan saw her share of kids sports and school productions. A member of Saint Mary's Basilica, Joan belonged to The Washington County Historical Society and along with crossword puzzles and mystery novels, she had enjoyed bowling and long walks.
On June 21, 1958 Joan married Harry Fitzgerald, who passed away May 24, 2017. Together they owned and operated the former Magnuson Hotel by the River along with their children David, Mark and Sandra Fitzgerald, all of Marietta. Joan served as office manager for many years until illness forced her retirement. Also surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Ginny Duvall of Kettering and Gary and Karen Duvall of Marietta, several cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Along with her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by Harry's parents, Harry T. and Lulu (Jones) Fitzgerald, by Harry's brother and sister and their spouses – Gerald and Peggy (Potter) Fitzgerald and Joe and Dorothy (Fitzgerald) Cernus and by nephews, Joey Cernus and Larry Neuhart and by niece, Janet Fitzgerald.
Donations in Joan's memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Buckeye Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independence, Ohio 44131. The family would like to say thank you to Marietta Home Health and Hospice for their many years of assistance with our mom and to Dr. Kelli Cawley and her compassionate team who made it possible for mom to remain at home for those last several weeks.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta with Rev. Msgr. John Michael Campbell officiating. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.


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Visitation

Monday

30

Oct

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hadley Funeral Home - Pike, Marietta

1021 Pike St.
Marietta, OH 45750

Service

Tuesday

31

Oct

11:00 AM
Hadley Funeral Home - Pike, Marietta

1021 Pike St.
Marietta, OH 45750

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