JOSEPH P. FITZPATRICKJoseph P. Fitzpatrick died the morning of July 31, at his residence, Diamond Willow, in Proctor.
Joseph P. Fitzpatrick died the morning of July 31, at his residence, Diamond Willow, in Proctor.
He was born in Hibbing, Feb. 19, 1916.
Joe's death ends a century long history of Fitzpatricks in Littlefork. Pat, a great uncle and original settler in Littlefork on 40 acres of homestead river frontage on the north bank of the Littlefork River across from town; Joe Senior who bought, cleared and farmed Pat's homestead plus an additional 120 acres; and then finally Joe Junior, our Dad, who received all 160 acres as an inheritance from his Dad and also farmed it even while returning to railroading, his vocational first love. Lush, green, vegetable gardening was Dad's avocation after giving up serious farming but before selling the farm out of the family. It's where you could find him most anytime there was summer sunlight and before or after tea - in his garden.
Today he joins his parents Joseph and Cecilia, his son-in-law Rodney Waltenburg; his daughter Catherine (Raymond Critchley); and three grandsons Patrick, Dean and Joe who have gone to eternity before him.
He was a quiet man leaving a light but indelible touch on his friends and relatives, his co-workers, the kind and understanding caregivers at Diamond Willow and on those special people he leaves behind: His wife Doris (Lindvall); four children Mary (Rodney Waltenburg), Tom (Robyn Randall), Rita, Jo (Roger Carlson); nine grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
VISITATION: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, until the 2 p.m. funeral Mass and to be hosted with gratitude to its members as Dad was a charter member at St. Columban church in Littlefork. Burial at Oakley Cemetery to follow immediately after the Funeral Mass. The family is hosting a celebration of his life from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Littlefork Community Center after burial. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, (218) 727-3555.
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