June 26, 1924 – June 16, 2022
Mary Paul Fitzpatrick (Molly) was born on June 26, 1924 in Annagh, Cornafean, Co. Cavan to Charles and Margaret Fitzpatrick. She was the youngest child and cherished by her two brothers, Jamsie (RIP) and William (RIP) and her sister Kathleen (RIP). She passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 16, 2022, ten days before her 98th birthday.
At the age of 19, in the midst of WWII Molly boarded a ship for a short but adventurous trip to England. On her return to Ireland she started her career as a butter maker at Killeshandra Creamery and for the next few years not only did she make great butter, but also lifelong friends.
In 1955 she joined her brother William and sister Kathleen in San Francisco where she worked as a lithographer.
Molly’s greatest joys in life were her family and friends. She was a devoted aunt to her 15 nieces and nephews both Jamsie’s children from Annagh, Cornafean and William’s from San Francisco/Gowna, Co. Cavan, also her numerous grand nieces and nephews. She was a favorite babysitter/ child minder and made sure to spoil them whenever she had the opportunity. She was a friend to many. Kathleen and Molly had an open door policy and their home was always welcoming to anyone with an Irish connection that needed a place to stay or just a cup of tea and chat.
Molly was blessed with wonderful friends and neighbors, her lifetime friend, Breda McEntee and wonderful neighbors, Carlotta, Rich and Ellen Eberle were always there for her if she needed anything.
Molly was a lifetime member of the United Irish Cultural Center and Ladies Auxiliary, where she served a term as Vice President.
Special thanks to Tirisa Kaibau Matanisiga and Orla O’Malley Daly who took wonderful care of Molly for the last few years. It was because of them that Molly was able to remain in the comfort of her own home with her beloved dog, Lucy. Also, thanks to Jeff RN, Sara RN and the staff at ANX Hospice under the direction of Thomas Allan Rocas III. They provided exemplary care to Molly during her last few months.
Services will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 62 Santa Rosa Ave, SF, 94112 on Monday, June 27th, 2022 at 5:00pm. Following her service, Molly will be traveling to Ireland where she will be laid to rest beside her sister, Kathleen at St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor. Details of her service in Ireland will be determined at a later date by McMahon Funeral Home, Farnham Rd., Co. Cavan.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Anthony’s Foundation.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2022.
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