Mara A. Fitzgerald, 75, of East Falmouth, MA, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Falmouth Hospital after a long, courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Mara was born on March 3, 1943 in Nazi occupied Riga, Latvia. She was the daughter of the late John and Helen Ozolinsh (Perkons). After the Soviets regained control of Latvia, Helen fled with 14-month-old Mara and a few possessions on her back. Helen and Mara traveled through war-torn Germany under heavy bombardment to reach John in Austria. John had been sent to Austria to oversee a construction project. The family immigrated to Lenox, MA from West Germany in 1949, eventually settling in Pittsfield, MA. Mara attended local schools and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1961. Mara was employed by the General Electric Company in Pittsfield after graduation before she moved to the Boston area.
Mara’s love of the ocean landed her in her beloved town of Falmouth in 1973. Mara worked many different places in Falmouth and Mashpee. With her great tan, close cropped hair, baby blue eyes, larger than life personality and the jingle of her silver bangled wrists she was unforgettable. From Laureen’s to Murphy’s Fine Wine, Cigar and Spirits and places in between, she greeted everyone with a smile and was eager to assist in any way she could. Most recently Mara worked at West Falmouth Market and for Sullivan Tire. She was also a long time Shaklee distributor and volunteered in Falmouth Public Schools.
She is survived by her only daughter, Selenna Tremblay, son in law Bernard, granddaughters Miranda Anne and Marlaina Lisa, all of Pittsfield, MA. She leaves her dearest and closest friend, Amy Tufts and her family of East Falmouth, MA and her beloved pets Sunny and Til.
Per Mara’s request, there will be no calling hours, but a celebration of her life is planned for a later date. A Mara Fitzgerald Memorial Fund has been set up at The Cape Cod Five and GOFUNDME to assist the family with expenses.
Mara ALWAYS made the most of her life. The vibrations, the colors, the amazing energy she gave us will remain with all of us forever. Remember her shining, that is what she would want us to do.