City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Stephen Ronald Fitzhenry

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Age 82.
Died 06/09/2022.

Stephen Ronald Fitzhenry
Stephen Ronald Fitzhenry, age 82, went home to be with our Heavenly Father and his beloved wife of 48 years, Lorraine Mazza Fitzhenry. Stephen, a first-generation Irish American, son of the late William and Bridget Fitzhenry and the youngest of nine brothers. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and enjoyed most of his life in North Carolina. Throughout his life he was a devout Catholic and God was the center of all family traditions.

Stephen is survived by his four children Steve Fitzhenry (Martha Fitzhenry), Marlene Fitzhenry Bissette (Greg Bissette), Karen Fitzhenry Boone (Bert Boone), and Suzanne Fitzhenry Rodriguez (Brooke Rodriguez). He had eleven grandchildren that will carry on his legacy: Brittny Bissette, Casey Bissette, Sara Fitzhenry Babbitt (Alex Babbitt), Patrick Boone, Meredith Bissette, Catherine Fitzhenry, Bridget Boone, Matthew Bissette, Stephanie Fitzhenry, Brooke Rodriguez, Colin Rodriguez, and great-grandchild Catherine Charles Babbitt. He is also survived by Leah Absher (Noah Absher, Zachariah Absher), Stephanie Jones (Dave Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Dorothy Taylor) and many special families, friends, and loved ones.

He had a positive impact on everyone he met, and he never met a stranger. He graduated high school from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1957. He attended college at Allegheny College with a degree in business. He rose through the ranks at Hardee’s Food Systems to become Regional Director of Operations and had a successful career in the restaurant industry. His children and grandchildren have fond memories of helping him at his various restaurants.

Stephen was known by many names: Dad, Pap, Ron, Ronnie, Fitz, and Lorraine called him Crazy Bird. He was loved by all and considered everyone his favorite. He touched many throughout his life, and his passing has left a hole in our hearts. He loved watching the Steelers and always reminded his family, singing, “Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl.” He always had excellent movie recommendations and a good show or series to watch. He loved listening to Leonard Cohen, a good joke, riddle, trick, singing karaoke, dancing, playing Euchre and Rummikub. It was always about having quality fun with his family. His most significant legacy is his Family. We love you, Dad, Pap, Ronnie, Ron, Fitz, and Crazy Bird forever and always. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 15th at 11:00 in Apex, NC. Flowers and arrangements should be sent to the church at 725 Magdala Place, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive family and friends after Mass, approximately 1:00, at the home of Steve and Martha Fitzhenry. 4917 Brambleridge Court, Holly Springs, NC. His final resting place will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC in the Columbarium next to his beloved Lorraine.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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