• Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel
    February 07,2013

    Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel

    WORCESTER — Samara Fitzgerald-Pelzel, 43, of Worcester, Vt., and a former resident of Hyde Park, N.Y., died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Kaplan Family Hospice in Newburgh, N.Y.

    Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 15, 1970, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. Fitzgerald Sr., who passed away in 2003, and Leona Gent Fitzgerald, who resides in Hyde Park.

    She was a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, class of 1989, and earned her degree in business from Berkeley School of Business in White Plains, N.Y. Samara was married to Richard Pelzel, who survives at home.

    Samara had been employed in retail management at several area department stores including J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Lechmere companies and moved to Vermont five years ago and began working for the state of Vermont liquor authority as an office manager until her recent illness.

    In addition to her mother, Leona, and her husband, Richard, Samara is survived by her two sons, Quintin and Carter Pelzel, of Worcester; brother, pastor Richard H. Fitzgerald Jr., of Saugerties, N.Y.; sisters, Wendy Fitzgerald-Held and her husband, Barry, of Milford, Conn., and Shahna Fitzgerald-Porco and her husband, Carlo, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Richard H. Fitzgerald III and his wife, Jessie, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Jonathan Fitzgerald and his wife, Victoria, of Saugerties, Victoria, Michael, Miggan and Anthony Fitzgerald, Barry and Noah Held, of Connecticut, and Tiana, Ariana and Carlo Porco, of Wappingers Falls; grandnieces, Irelynn, Rylie and Jamielynn Fitzgerald, of Saugerties; her paternal grandmother, Josephine Seifts, of Poughkeepsie; and several aunts and uncles.

    Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered by the Rev. James Garisto on Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. from St. Peter’s Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Hudson View Drive, Poughkeepsie. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made in Samara’s memory to Hospice of Orange County, Kaplan House, 1 Sunrise Lane, Newburgh, NY 12550.

    For guest books and directions, please visit www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com.

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