MCPHERSON — Charlene Marie Fitzmorris, 76, of McPherson passed away at 11:12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, while in the company of family members at Cedars House.

Charlene was born on Feb. 25, 1943, in St. Charles, Missouri, a daughter of Charles Joseph and Margarette (Purdon) Moriarty.

Charlene attended elementary school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School, Parsons. She then attended Parsons Junior College and later graduated from Fort Hays State University, Hays, with a degree in elementary education. 

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, McPherson, where she was a member of the Altar Society. 

Charlene was a homemaker and took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. She was a bookkeeper for Lucas Motor Co., Lucas, and taught for 28 years, starting at Sylvan Grove Elementary School, Sylvan Grove, and retiring from Washington Elementary School, McPherson, after two years.   

Charlene was a member of Kansas National Education Association and the National Education Association.

Charlene enjoyed raising her children, teaching and spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren. 

Charlene Marie Moriarty was united in marriage to Larry Joe Fitzmorris on Aug. 17, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Parsons. The young couple established their first home together in Parsons for a year before moving to Lucas, where they lived for 39 years. After retirement, they moved to McPherson in 2003.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Fitzmorris of McPherson; son Douglas, husband of Danica Fitzmorris, of McPherson; daughter Kelly, wife of Rick Kohl of Moundridge; son Shawn, husband of  Christy Fitzmorris, of Kansas City, Missouri; son Ryan, husband of LaChelle Fitzmorris, of Hays; and brother James, husband of Shari Moriarty, of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Riley Fitzmorris, Trevor Kohl, Addie Fitzmorris, Rory Fitzmorris, Collin Kohl, twins Jase Fitzmorris and Josie Fitzmorris, Declan Fitzmorris, Kellan Fitzmorris and Quinn Fitzmorris.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Pierce Fitzmorris.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Ben Shockey officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church with rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at McPherson Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Catholic School and can be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.

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