Rita Marion Fitzgerald was born in Brooklyn in 1930 to Theodor Hart Schleuning and Marion
Lawler Bulger. Rita married Austin Fitzgerald in 1953. She and Austin lived together for many
years on James Street in Huntington Station. There, they raised 3 children, Austin, Susan and
Lisa and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, among many other milestones and
Family, neighbors, friends, and St. Hugh’s were most important to Rita. Rita also often
professed her love for her cousins, Mary, Carol, Joan and their families, for her friends and her
neighbors on James Street.
Somewhere in between taking care of her husband and children and work, Rita found time for
The Rosary Society, The Columbiettes, as well as being the faithful ticket lady for St. Hugh
In the last years of her life, dementia prevented her from keeping in touch with friends as much
as she would have wanted and from expressing her love to her family as Rita was truly devoted
to her husband, Austin, her children, Austin Jr, Susan and Lisa and her grandchildren, Krista,
Kim, Annie, Emma, Aidan and Ciara.
Rita will be sorely missed by her children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/nca/donate would be greatly appreciated