Kelly Line Fitzgerald

LINDEN - Kelly Line Fitzgerald, 59, of Linden, lost her courageous battle with cancer on June 17, 2019, at home where she was surrounded by her loving family.

Surviving is her husband of 26 years, Michael E. Fitzgerald, who shared a love with Kelly that was lasting and true, staying side by side and never letting the other fall behind.

Born April 23, 1960, in Wilkes Barre, she was a daughter of the late Kathleen M. (Saba) Line and James D. Line.

Kelly was raised in Luzerne County, attended St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox church, and was a graduate of Myers High School. She earned a cosmetology degree from Empire Beauty School and was the owner/operator of Hair by Kelly on Washington Boulevard in Williamsport, and subsequently in her home salon. Kelly was known for her creative abilities, which showed in the quality of her work and fashion sense. She had an magnetic personality and was truly able to connect on a best-friend basis with a variety of people with whom she was close.

Kelly had a feisty spirit that was challenging yet accepting. She was passionate and loved with all she had. She embraced people for who they were and celebrated what made them special and unique. She was admired for her independence, bravery and strong demeanor and no matter what health battle she faced, she lived by the idea that you’ve got to learn to live with and rise above what couldn’t be changed, and would ask “what’s our next adventure?”

She loved her family and traveling, and continued to take regular family trips to the Jersey Shore and New York City. Kelly especially enjoyed being able to see Bruce Springsteen live in concert, which she did more than 20 times, most recently on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater. Regardless of where Kelly’s travels took her, one thing was for sure, she was always well prepared, her purse well stocked, and she was ready for a good story.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a step son, Jason M. Fitzgerald of Williamsport; three grandchildren, Ava Rose, Michael Jay, and John Anthony; a sister, Kimberly Line-Courtois of Kingston; her sister-in-laws, Mary K. Ruch (Chris), of Rauchtown and Charlene E. Fitzgerald, of South Williamsport.

Kelly had a deep and lasting devotion and love for her two nieces, Emily Courtois and Julia Jonelunas of Kingston, who she considered as her own children, and for over 30 years, was a major and constant force in their lives. No matter her health, the distance, or the weather, Kelly never missed a holiday, event, or trip with the girls. Also important to Kelly was her special friend, Charlotte Decker and Kelly’s beloved puggle, Romy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Karen M. Line and her in-laws, Charles and Sarah Fitzgerald.

A celebration to honor Kelly’s life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Kelly’s name may be made to Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o of Homecare and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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