James and Ione Fitzgerald bequeathed a portion of their estate to provide scholarships for students graduating from high schools located within the City of Aurora.
James Fitzgerald (1907-1995) was born in Oswego. He attained the rank of lieutenant with the Illinois State Police. Later, he served as the treasurer of Kane County.
He was a member of A. F. & A. M. Masonic Lodge #90, Aurora Moose Lodge #400, the Aurora Elks Club, Phoenix Club and the Elburn Lions Club.
Ione Fitzgerald (1914-2006) was born in Chicago. She was a graduate of East Aurora High School.
From 1939-1944, she was secretary to the director of Mooseheart. She later moved to Elgin where she was a buyer for Ackemann’s Department Store.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was the president of the Elgin Girl Scouts and a member of the Lady Elks
After the death of their former spouses, James and Ione Fitzgerald were married in 1980.