Lacy Leone ‘Burgi’ Fitzgerald
1925 ~ 2012

If you’ve ever felt the joy of family and friends singing at a piano then you have some idea what it was like being around Lacy. Always warm, loving and cheerful there was rarely a person that came into her presence that didn’t feel better about their self for the experience.

Lacy was born January 8, 1925 in Midway, Utah; the youngest child and only daughter of Sam and Martha Burgi, first and second generation Swiss immigrants. Lacy was blessed with great musical talent. She had a beautiful voice and playing by ear her nimble fingers made those piano keys talk. Always in demand she played at eighth grade dances even though she was only in the fifth grade. Then at sixteen, Lacy played and sang at going-away dances for boys before they went overseas to war and sometimes at their funeral when they came home in flag-draped caskets.

Lacy passed away quietly during the early morning of March 31, 2012 in the loving home of her daughter, Sally. Finding joy in simple pleasures, Lacy grew up during hard times on the family homestead in Midway, outwitting three older brothers with humor and an engaging grin. Music, the Gospel and her family’s love shaped her character. She attended Brigham Young University as a music major and was named Wasatch County Rodeo Queen all the while putting in untold hours next to her mom aiding the War effort at home. She later embarked on a mission to Alberta, Canada. It was during this time that she corresponded with an Army Lieutenant from Kamas, Jay Sheldon Fitzgerald, while he was still overseas.

Jay and "Chickie", as he called her, were married soon after they both found their way back to Utah. The early years were happy ones as they struggled to raise mink in the Kamas Valley. She also taught second grade. Subsequent years found them dedicating their life to their four children while living alternately in Roosevelt, Berkeley and Walnut Creek, California where they prospered and eventually returned to their roots in the Heber Valley and Provo area. Lacy was kept busy sharing her talents at weddings, funerals, choirs, church and other performances. Devoted to her sweetheart, she stepped down from her calling of 17 years as church chorister to commit to the caring of Jay when he fell ill. "This is my mission now," she said. Together, Lacy and Jay funded scholarships at Summit and Wasatch High Schools, contributed generously to civic projects and were the first to come to the aid of friends and neighbors in need, be it financial or otherwise.

But Lacy’s greatest joy was found in giving and sharing with others – especially family. She treated her posterity and everyone she met as a special friend. It was a rare gift to see yourself through Lacy’s eyes for she saw the wonder and all that was good that you couldn’t see for yourself. She made you want to be that person. Her family and friends are beneficiaries of her kindness, love, hard work, positive attitude, quiet encouragement, consistent gratitude, musical talents, wit and sense of humor.

Lacy is survived by her children: Shelly Murphy (Brian), Sally Olsen (Maynard), York Fitzgerald (Laurie), Sheree Hastings (Curtis); 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Our sadness is tempered by faith in her joyous reunion with her sweetheart, Jay; her parents, Sam and Martha Burgi; her predeceased granddaughter, Tiffanie Colleen Murphy; her older brothers Nephi, Orson and Sylvan; and her infant brother ‘Little’ Leo.

She will forever influence the lives of many. She was a great lady.

Funeral services for Lacy will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Orem Park 6th LDS Ward Chapel located at 114 South 400 West, Orem, Utah. Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Orem Park 6th LDS Ward Chapel and also on Thursday from 10:00–11:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Midway Cemetery at 3:30 p.m.

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