Cynthia M. Fitzgerald, age 89, formerly of Flora, Illinois, passed away on Friday morning, April 29, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Schertz, Texas, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 2, 1932, in Winsted, Minnesota to the late Andrew and Agnes (Kurtz) Herman. She grew up on a farm in Medford, Wisconsin, with three sisters, Betty Regitschnig, Carol Kaja, and the late Pat Hartwig. She was married to her first husband, Harold Fitzgerald, Jr., an Army Veteran and acclaimed artist, for 51 years. They were stationed in Italy, Iran, and Greece, as well as Alabama, Florida, and Illinois. Her second husband was Col. Timothy Horan who persuaded her to move to San Antonio, Texas, from Flora, Illinois. During their brief time together, they enjoyed taking cruises with their families and going to church.
Cynthia is survived by her daughter, Cindy Herda; her son-in-law, Thilo Herda; her grandchildren, Melanie (Chris) Scherer and Jeremy Herda; and great-grandson, Tyler Scherer.
She was known for her tireless volunteer work throughout the years: making crafts for Christmas bazaars, baking cakes/pies for various fundraisers, and helping in schools/parishes. When she could no longer volunteer, she donated to charities that focused on animals, children and homeless. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, growing her own vegetables, and baking.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 am at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 14714 Edgemont St., San Antonio, Texas 78247. A graveside ceremony and interment at St. Stephen Cemetery, Flora, Illinois, will be announced later. Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.