Kathy Bales FitzPatrick

Surrounded by her family, Kathy Bales FitzPatrick of Lyman, SC, passed away peacefully at the age of 70 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Greer Memorial Hospital.


Born in Oceanport, N.J. on March 16, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Douglas R. and Ruth M. Bales.


A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, she was a retired school teacher who impacted countless lives while working with special needs students at the McCarthy Teszler School in Spartanburg, SC for 40 years. She was also an avid knitter and reader, who inspired and encouraged many with her love of books.


She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Robert FitzPatrick of Lyman, SC. Additionally, she is survived by her four sons, Bryan FitzPatrick of Lyman, Scott Glenn of St. Johns, Fla., Joel FitzPatrick (Pam) of Greer, SC, and Michael FitzPatrick (Debra) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Cameron Glenn, Casey Glenn, Colin Glenn, Robert FitzPatrick, Jayden Schading, Emalise Peterson, Henri Peterson and Ethan FitzPatrick; a sister, Debra Davis (Mark); and two aunts, Dorothy Watrous and Barbara Bales.


The family will hold a celebration of Kathy’s life on a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the McCarthy Teszler School.

Condolences to the family of Kathy Bales FitzPatrick

  • Gari Carter
    3 months ago

    Bob, I pray that God will bring you and your family some comfort in warm, happy memories of Kathy and the love you all shared. Our lives were forever changed for the better when Kathy entered Scott’s life. She will always be a hero to us.

  • Cindy Bryant
    3 months ago

    Bob, my deepest sympathy and prayers reach out to you your family and Kathy’s family Kathy was a very special person that I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know she was so kind and loving she always reached out to people and loved her family so much I’m grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet the family since working for her mom my prayers for strength for each of you that you may feel Gods arms wrap around you and comfort you Cindy Bryant

  • Jean Peters Jones
    3 months ago

    Dear Bob and family. My deepest sympathy for you all for this great loss of your beloved Kathy.

    Kathy and I have been friends for over 60 years since she and her sister Debra moved in across the street from my family in Detroit Michigan. At first, I thought she was a bit of a pest telling me I should be nicer to my little brother. But as always that was Kathy showing her kindness to others. We became good friends throughout the years. Kathy was my daughters God Mother. Even when I first moved to Dallas TX then to southern California in 1979 we kept in touch. Only talking about twice a year but always being able to pick up where we left off. I will truly miss my good friend whom I loved very much.
    God is my strength and I know He will be there for anyone who asks Him.

  • Gerald Frazier
    2 months ago

    I would like to pay my respects to Mrs, Kathy Fitzpatrick. For 40 years she was a teacher in McCarthy/Teszler School in Spartanburg. She was a good teacher and advocate for people with disabilities and special needs that she touched and loved. Mrs. Kathy Fitzpatrick was a great and wonderful teacher at school over the years. She will be missed. R.I.P. Mrs, Kathy Fitzpatrick.

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