John M. Fitzgerald, retired district court judge, dies

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Judge John Moonan Fitzgerald of New Prague died Monday, June 16, at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague. He was 85.

Fitzgerald, who grew up in Rochester was a fighter pilot in World War II. After the war he eventually settled in New Prague, working for his uncle Ray Moonan in his law practice. He married Mary Mach and when his uncle moved on, Fitzgerald established a solo practice.

The law is a tradition in the Fitzgerald family. His maternal grandfather, John Moonan, was a well-known trial lawyer and state senator from Waseca.

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