Sept. 30, 1956 – Feb. 6, 2013
Vickie L. Fitchlee, who worked for years as a supervisor at the Harrison Radiator plant in Lockport, died Feb. 6 after a long illness in Austintown, Ohio, where she had lived in recent years. She was 56.
Miss Fitchlee had relocated to Ohio to advance her career, working at different General Motors plants before illness forced her to leave her position at the Lordstown plant in Austintown. The path that led to the auto industry had been well traveled by family members.
Her grandfather, Victor Fitchlee Sr., retired from Harrison Radiator. Her father, Victor Fitchlee Jr., also retired from Harrison – as did a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, Miss Fitchlee joined Harrison and eventually advanced to a safety supervisor. During her time at the Lockport facility, she also attended Niagara University and earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Outside of work, Miss Fitchlee enjoyed quilting and attended annual quilting retreats with fellow quilting enthusiasts. Her other passion was baking.
“Even when she moved out of Western New York, she enjoyed returning for 20-ounce apples so she could bake pies,” said her brother, Greg Fitchlee. “She’d get two or three bushels at a time when she bought them. At Christmas, she would do cookies and give them away.”
Miss Fitchlee, her brother said, was a devoted aunt well loved by her seven nieces.
“Vickie loved to put a smile on a kid’s face,” the brother said. “She would do anything for you, really.”
In addition to her brother, she is survived by her parents, Polly Louise and Victor Jr.; a sister, Mary Beth; and two other brothers, Douglas and Jeffery.
Miss Fitchlee died in the care of Hospice in Austintown. A gathering of friends and family was held to celebrate her life on Feb. 9.