Margaret M. (Reynolds) Fitzsimmons
June 15, 1936 – February 22, 2022
Preceded in death by husbands, Charles Reynolds and Robert Fitzsimmons; parents, James and Margaret Brady; brother, James Brady; sister, Joan Heller; brother-in-law, Don Kirschbaum. Survived by daughters: Lynn Reynolds, Kimberly Elston (Michael) and Karen Novak (Mark); grandchildren: Molly Elston (Bill Ayaday), Matthew Elston (Micaela), Olivia Elston and Annie Elston, Brayton Novak and Grace Novak; great-grandchildren: Brooks and Nolan Elston and Emory Elston; sisters: Kay Kirschbaum, Teresa Rainey (Bob), Chris Kinsella (Tom); sisters-in-law, Patsy Brady and Jean Carter; brothers-in-law, Don Heller and George Reynolds; many nieces and nephews; members of the Fitzsimmons and Winkelbauer families.
VISITATION: Sunday, February 27th from 3pm to 5pm followed by WAKE SERVICE at 5pm, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 28th at 10am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S. 74th Street . Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
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Margaret M. “Marge” (Brady, Reynolds) Fitzsimmons was born on June 15, 1936, in Albion, Nebraska. Marge was the third of six children of James T. and Margaret M. Brady and was also known as Margie to many friends and family. She had two older sisters, Kay and Joan, and three younger siblings, Jimmy, Teresa and Chris. The family lived in Omaha, Nebraska and then Portsmouth, Iowa for a number of years before moving back to Omaha where Marge graduated from Cathedral High School in 1954.
Marge married Chuck Reynolds at St Ann Catholic Church on February 4, 1961. Marge and Chuck lived in Hastings, Nebraska and Bettendorf, Iowa before settling in Omaha to raise their three daughters, Lynn, Kim and Karen. In the late 1960’s as the girls got a bit older, Marge began what would be a 40-year career with Bergan Cardiology and over the course of that career, Marge’s role evolved from transcriptionist to office manager.
In a time when many women didn’t pursue careers, Marge was a wonderful example of a working mother and strong, independent woman, finding balance among her many roles. Marge was also an accomplished seamstress, loved to travel and spend time with family. More than anything else, she was a woman of faith who was active in her parish, St Joan of Arc.
From 1988 until her passing, Marge’s primary passion was her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She spent much of her time supporting them in their pursuits, attending their games and programs, driving them to activities, watching them after school, shopping with and for them, praying for them each and every day and loving them in every way possible. She was a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother.
After many years of health issues, Chuck passed away in 2005, shortly after their 44th anniversary. In 2012 Marge married Bob Fitzsimmons, whom she’d known for a number of years through church and the neighborhood. Bob passed away in December of 2021.
Marge was an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, co-worker, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She gave her love unconditionally and offered her prayers endlessly for those she knew as well as those she did not.
Marge passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Bergan Mercy Hospital surrounded by her three sisters and three daughters. As sad as we are to have her physically gone from our lives, we know that she is always with us. We can’t even begin to imagine what she is experiencing now, but as a woman of profound faith we know that this is what she has waited and wished for her entire life.