Marie B. (Bortzel) Fitzpatrick

March 31, 1924 ~ June 20, 2020 (age 96)


Marie B. Fitzpatrick, 96, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Orwigsburg Center.

Born on March 31, 1924, she was daughter of the late Linus G. and Frances V. (Smith) Bortzel and the widow of Robert John Fitzpatrick.

Raised in Pottsville, Marie moved to Schuylkill Haven after the 1993 death of her husband to be closer to family.

Marie was a 1942 graduate of Pottsville High School. She was a secretary at the original Yuengling Ice Cream Plant, worked for various law offices and until the time of her death, sold Avon for over 60 years.

She is preceded in death by an infant son Richard Fitzpatrick and by her siblings Catherine and Linus Bortzel. 

She was an active member of St. John the Baptist Roman CC – Pottsville. Her many organizations that she was a current or past member: Pottsville Catholic War Vets Auxiliary Post 1051 (for which she was one of the original members), Catholic Women's Union, VFW and American Legion Aux., Former Yorkville Hose Aux., past president of Department of PA Catholic War Vets, Liederkranz.

Marie loved playing Bingo, especially with the Over 50 Club every Tuesday at her parish. She also had fun making an occasional trip to a Casino.

Marie enjoyed the yearly CWV Convention trips with her husband and continued the tradition even after his passing.

Marie is survived by three daughters, Ann Marie Shippee (Darwin), of Marietta, GA, Michele Fitzpatrick, of Groton, CT, Kathleen Scheibelhut (James Jr), of Schuylkill Haven, a son, Robert Fitzpatrick, of Pottsville. 

She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Derek(Lisa), Danielle(Andrew), James III(Christie), Katrina(Paul), Dianna(Steven), Jeremy(Lauren), Kristyn(Cody), Jenna, Dara; 11 great-grandchildren Zoe, Aidan, Sophie, Ryleigh, Tessa, Fiona, Trace, Hailey, Adrianna, Orion, Ellie; 2 sisters Frances Dronick, Francine (Dolores) Bortzel and her companion Maria Gushanas; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist, Pottsville on August 28 at 11:00 am with Father David Loeper officiating.

No visitation will be held at the Church prior to Mass. The church will be following social distancing guidelines and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, Donations, In Marie’s Memory, may be sent to: Berks Animal Hospital, Attn: Save the Strays Schuylkill, 10 Zion’s Church Road Ste101, Shoemakersville Pa 19555, Diakon Community Services 118 South Center Street, Pottsville, Pa 17901, The Office of Senior Services 110 East Laurel Blvd, Pottsville, Pa 17901 Or to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Mass of Christian Burial
August 28, 2020

11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist, Pottsville

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