Ida L. Fitzgerald, 90, of Bradford, passed away, Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born in Warren on May 26, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Floyd and Mary (Selander) Moore.
On January 24, 1944, in Port Allegany, she married Vernon S. Fitzgerald, who died on March 6, 2012.
She was a 1940 graduate of Warren High School. Her first job after high school was as an attendant at the State Hospital in Warren. She later worked at Penn Furnace, welding large tanks, becoming a real life Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon representing the American women who worked in factories during WWII. She joined the United States Navy in 1941 and was assigned to the St. Albans Hospital in Queens, NY and then the US Naval Hospital in Newport, RI. She was honorably discharged in 1946. Following her service in the Navy, she returned to Warren and became an inspector at Sylvania.
She later worked at the snack bar at the Bradford Regional Airport and prior to her retirement in 1987, she worked 15 years at Smethport Specialty.
Surviving are three daughters, three sons, one sister, Agnes (Roger) McFarland, of Russell, and one brother, Alfred (Helena) Moore, of Warren.
Services will be held in the HollenbeckCahill Funeral Homes Inc. on Tuesday October 23, 2012.