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Joseph Fitzgerald

August 10, 1966 - August 20, 2021
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Joseph C. Fitzgerald, 55 of Traverse City, MI died August 20, 2021 unexpectedly. He

was born in Detroit on August 10, 1966 the son of James and Patricia Fitzgerald. Joe was a huge

U of M fan and always said that he cheered for two teams, U of M and anyone who

played against Ohio State. Joe also enjoyed watching the Detroit Red Wings, especially

when they were winning! He also had a love for hunting and made sure that he always

went out on opening day.

Joe grew up and went to school in Warren, MI. That is where his love for wrestling

started and where he ended up going to the State Championship. He was also a very

good bowler and enjoyed participating in the Polish Bowling Tournament every year with

his brother and his friends. Joe was a very hard worker. He worked many years at Eagle

Picture in Kalkaska before transferring to Traverse City. You would always see Joe

working on a project or fixing a car. He loved picking on people and always had a good


On September 29, 2001, Joe married Barbara Ferguson in Fife Lake, MI. Together they

celebrated 19 years of marriage and the raising of their 3 children. Joe loved his wife and

kids very much and family was everything to him. He enjoyed going to family reunions

and birthday parties so that he could spend time with his family. He will be missed by

wife and children family and everyone that knew him.

Joe is survived by his wife: Barb, Children: Anthony, Darrin and Kayla, Mother: Pat

Fitzgerald, Siblings: James (Tracie) Fitzgerald, Patti (Gary) Ritthaler. Mother & Father

in-law: Howard & Deb Ferguson, Brother-in-laws: Howard Jr. (Nicole) Ferguson, Brad

Ferguson. He is also survived by his Best Friend of 40 years, Steve Omell, many nieces,

nephews, uncles, cousins & friends. He was preceded in death by his dad, James


A memorial service will be held on September 11, 2021 at 11am with visitation from 10

am to 11am at Kingsley United Methodist Church. Please wear the U of M colors in

honor of Joe.

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