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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Mrs. Margaret Fitzpatrick, English teacher from 1966 to 1981.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 24, 2021

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Margaret Fitzpatrick


April 18, 1928 – February 19, 2021

Margaret “Margie” Sellers Fitzpatrick, age 92, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2021.

She was born April 18, 1928 in Brookline, MA to John and Mary (MacDonald)
Sellers. Margie graduated from Regis College in Weston, MA in 1949 with a B.A. in
English and went on to complete graduate work at Boston University, Wayne State, and
the University of Toledo. She married Edward F. Fitzpatrick in 1953.
Margie was an English teacher for many years, loving every minute of it. Her career began
with Millis High School in Millis, MA in 1949-1952, then on to McKinley School in
Birmingham, MI until 1957. She moved to Toledo in 1960 and taught at McAuley High
School from 1966-1981 and then St John’s Jesuit High School from 1981-1991. She was
awarded the 1979 “Outstanding English Teacher of Northwest Ohio” while teaching at
McAuley.
She was a 50-year member of the AAUW – the American Association of University Women
and Read for Literacy, serving on the board of both organizations. She also belonged to
the Alliance Francais of Toledo and St. Joan of Arc Parish.
Margie had many favorite pastimes, including reading, playing bridge, quilting, watching
Jeopardy, and relishing the company of her many close friends. She was an avid traveler,
having traveled all over Europe and the United States. She also spent time in Africa where
her daughter Amy lived. Margie devoted many hours to volunteering and was a dedicated
ESL tutor to many beloved students.
She is survived by her children Peter (Becky) Fitzpatrick of Pemberville, OH, Amy
(Michael) O’Neill of Farmington, NM, and Tim Fitzpatrick of Telluride, CO, grandchildren
Sean, Bridget, Kyra, Bryan, Molly, Casey, and Kyle. Her sister Catherine (David) Wells of
Danvers, MA, brother Thomas (Sheila) Sellers of Auburn, CA, and many cousins, nieces,
and nephews also survive. Margie was preceded in death by her parents, sister Virginia,
brother Frank, and daughter in law Melissa Fitzpatrick. She leaves behind many, many
dear friends in Toledo and beloved students from her years of teaching.
Margie enjoyed her last few months in the home of her son Peter, where there was always
a warm fire, a dog to pet, and loving family nearby. Her family would like to thank Ohio
Living Hospice nurse Jennifer and caregivers Ann and Rhonda for their excellent care.
You all provided Margie with much love and dignity in her final days.
There will be no services or visitation at this time. A Memorial Mass and celebration of life
will take place at some point this summer when it is safe for all her family and friends to
attend. Donations in Margie’s memory can be sent to Read for Literacy or the Helping
Hands of St. Louis through the Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Coyle Funeral Home
is assisting the family with arrangements. Please leave a condolence message at
CoyleFuneralHome.com

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