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Constance Fitzgerald, homemaker

Constance Fitzgerald, a homemaker who lived for 18 years in Ocean City and was a devoted beach-goer, died of congestive heart failure at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Harwood on Aug. 30, her 93rd birthday. She was a resident of Regency Park Assisted Living in Gambrills.

Born Constance Jacques in Perth Amboy, N.J., she lived in nearby Fords, N.J., as a child. She was raised by her stepfather, Oscar Sundquist, a firefighter, and mother, Dorothy Pateman Jacques. She attended New Jersey public schools and as a child enjoyed spending summers at local beaches.

In 1939, she married Howard Fitzgerald, who worked for Gleem paints as a color matcher. After living in Perth Amboy, the couple moved to Maryland in late 1951 and resided in Catonsville and later in Relay. They were members of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Arbutus.

The couple retired to Ocean City. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a volunteer at churches, a senior center and at the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

"She would take her folding chair and blanket and head to the beach whenever she could," her daughter, Constance Robinson of Annapolis, said. "Being near the ocean was where she was happiest. She was also a devoted homemaker and her family was the joy of her life."

Her daughter said her mother also had spent summers with extended family at New Jersey beaches, including Sea Girt, Atlantic City and Manasquan.

In 1998, she moved to Annapolis because of failing health and to be closer to family members. Her daughter said she made many new friends after moving to Regency Park Assisted Living. She played bingo and did arts and crafts.

Services are private.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Jeffrey A. Fitzgerald of Stewartstown, Pa.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her husband of 50 years died in 1990. A son, Jay Fitzgerald, died in 2010.

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