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Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors board member John Stockem presents longtime neighborhood activist, Grace Fitzgerald, with a bouquet of flowers in
recognition of her years of volunteer activism on behalf of her Mid-county community.
Grace Fitzgerald, Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors activist and volunteer, was honored for her many years of service at the PHAN general membership meeting on Jan. 22. Board member John Stockem presented her with bouquets of flowers while her husband, Ed, son Ted and daughter Karen Bellcoff, looked on.

Current PHAN Chair Carol Williams later shared some memories. According to Williams, Fitzgerald began her activism in 1986 at the urging of neighbor Fran Lipp. Fitzgerald served on the association board, delivered newsletters door-to-door and pulled weeds in Knott Park before the area was annexed into the city of Portland.

After annexation, a plant sale chaired by Fitzgerald resulted in matching city funds that paid for the children’s play area, picnic tables and walking paths at the park.

Fitzgerald is credited with helping to create what is now the Cherry Blossom Senior Center at the East Portland Community Center. She also is responsible for launching the newsletter that serves the senior center.

Williams remembers that Fitzgerald was always involved and spent many hours on neighborhood issues.

Grace and Ed Fitzgerald raised eight children in their Parkrose Heights home and are now enjoying retirement in the same neighborhood.
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