Sheila Fitzgerald Obituary

TOPEKA, KS – Sheila Ann Fitzgerald, 67, of Topeka, died Friday, December 20, 2019, at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born on September 24, 1952, in Topeka, the daughter of Logie and Zelda Mitchell Martinez.  She graduated from Hayden High School in 1970 and earned her LPN Certificate from Haskell University.

Sheila was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.

She had worked as an LPN at the Memorial Hospital until it closed.  She then worked at St. Francis Hospital and the Presbyterian Manor, all in Topeka.

She married Michael Clair Fitzgerald.  He preceded her in death.

Sheila was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Michael Christopher Fitzgerald, and a brother, Ralph Martinez.

Survivors include a son, Timothy Dyer; a brother, Manuel Martinez; a sister, Laura Thackery; one grandson, Timothy Dyer, Jr., one nephew, Clinton Thackery, one niece, Heather Thackery and a great niece, Cheyenne Thackery, all of Topeka.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 27th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt.  A Rosary will be prayed at 10:00 a.m. Friday with visitation following until service time.  Burial will follow in the Shipshee Cemetery, west of Mayetta.  Online condolences may be made at

  • Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home