Athalinda ‘Lynne’ May Fitzpatrick
July 20, 1907-March 21, 2013
LAPEER, Mich. — Athalinda “Lynne” May Fitzpatrick, 105, of Lapeer, Mich. formerly of Plymouth, died Thursday, March 21, 2013. Lynne was born July 20, 1907 in Meldrum Bay, Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay of Ontario, Canada to parents Watson H. and Mary M. (Irwin) Fitzpatrick.
Ms. Fitzpatrick was a woman ahead of her times; the first female system analyst in the United States during World War II. In 1969, the position she retired from was the head of Forms Control Division of the Automobile Club of Southern California. She was side by side with five men who founded the Business Forms Management Association, now a national & international group. Lynne loved to travel, after retiring, she and her sister traveled the U.S., Canada and part of Mexico for 12 years in a Winnebago motor home. She was a woman of faith, having membership and involvement at Presbyterian churches wherever she resided. Ms. Fitzpatrick also enjoyed crafting of all kinds, especially crocheting. She continually crocheted lap blankets, her work has been sent all over the world.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is survived by nieces and nephews: John (Joanne) Rutzen of Lapeer, Mich., Lynne (Doug) Furness of Ontario, J. Martin (Jeannette) Fitzpatrick of Ontario, Ross Fitzpatrick of Alberta, Ronald (Fay) Rutzen of Highlands, Texas, Nancy (Scott) Watson of Ontario and Gail Allison of Port Orchard, Wash. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Ross and Hugo Fitzpatrick, Flora Rutzen and her parents.
A memorial service will be held in the near future. Call for services; Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, Mich., 810-664-8111. Her cremated remains will be entombed at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Plymouth.