6:27 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
Virginia Lee Fitzwater, 64, of Newport News, Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, after a long battle with breast cancer.
Born March 20, 1948, in Shreveport, La., she used her God-given gifts of compassion and intellect throughout her 30-plus year career as a respiratory care therapist. She began in Virginia in 1974, working at Hampton General and Riverside Hospital and finished her lifelong medical career at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.
Known as "Ginny," she was loved and appreciated by her many patients over the years who she brought relief and comfort to. Ginny had genuine kindness for animals and enjoyed gardening. Her loving passion for life will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Brig. Gen. John T. Fitzwater and Virginia M. Fitzwater.
She is survived by her son, Christopher L. Schappell; and her brother, John T. Fitzwater Jr.
The family wishes to have private funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, it is humbly requested that donations be made to your local animal aid society in her honor.
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