Unconditional love and a selfless devotion to family, faith and community defined the extraordinary life of Margaret J. (Fitzpatrick) Nara, 77, who passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, surrounded by her family.
"Maggie," as she loved to be known, was born July 20, 1936, in Findlay. She was the only daughter of Emmanuel and Sarah Fitzpatrick. Maggie graduated from Findlay High School and began a career at Ohio Bell Telephone before marrying the love of her life, Gene "Coach" Nara in 1955. Together for nearly 60 years, Maggie and Gene went on to have eight beautiful children, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandson. The Nara family relocated to Naples, Fla., in 1977, and soon thereafter Maggie was blessed to become a member of St. William Catholic Parish.
Maggie's passionate commitment to her faith and church extended through her tireless work in the Catholic Cursillo Program, Catholic Family Movement, RENEW, small faith sharing groups, pre-marriage classes for engaged couples, religious education teachings, and most recently, through her love of the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Maggie's love of the church and the St. William Parish was infectious; her smiles, hugs and remarkable faith sharing will continue to touch many lives for years to come.
One of Maggie's finest qualities was her sense of community, and her desire to encourage and support others. Maggie assisted and supported Coach Nara through many wins and losses during his high school coaching years, both in Ohio and Florida. Maggie's involvement in the educational communities in Ohio and Collier County was extensive and she provided spiritual counsel and advice to countless people everywhere.
Maggie is survived by her husband, Gene; their children, Frances (Milton) Campbell of Houston, Texas, and Jeanne (Don) Nealon, Mary (Kevin) Myrmo, Lisa (Don) Collins, Rachel (Brian) Kirk, Hope (Cary) Cliff and David (Amy) Nara, all of Naples, Fla., and John (Abel) Nara of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and her brother, John (Karen) Fitzpatrick of Findlay.
Maggie was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, James and Dick; and her daughter, Margaret Fitzpatrick Nara.
All memorial services will be at St. William Catholic Church, 601 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the church sanctuary, followed by an evening prayer vigil led by the Rev. George Ratzmann. Her Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
In lieu of flowers, Maggie's family has requested that donations be made in Maggie's name to Laces of Love, a charitable foundation that provides new shoes to needy school children in Collier and Lee counties. Checks can be made payable to: Laces of Love, 1976 Bethany Place, Naples, FL 34109.
Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Ave. N. Naples, FL 34108, (239) 567-3101, has been entrusted with arrangements.