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Robert William Fitzgerald

August 20, 1953 — March 1, 2022

MAKANDA – Robert “Bob” William Fitzgerald, 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Bob was born on August 20, 1953 in Yonkers, NY to William and Florance (Imich) Fitzgerald. Robert married Lauri Joura on May 16, 1980 in Los Angeles, California. She preceded him in death on August 19, 2021.

Bob was an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. Bob enjoyed traveling to New Orleans in recent years, in particular to partake of the delicious regional cuisine. He also enjoyed listening to music, reading, and continued to work on advanced mathematics following his retirement.

Bob is survived by his brother, Matthew Fitzgerald and sister-in-law, Lisa (Terry) Jordan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lauri; parents; and brother, Brian Fitzgerald.

Graveside services for Bob will be held at 12:00pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Bob visit

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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