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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