William Lee "Bill" Fisher

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Grafton, for William Lee "Bill" Fisher, who died peacefully on March 1, 2006 at Burlingame Hospital in San Mateo, Calif.

Bill was born on Feb. 18, 1922 in Milwaukee, the only son of Eleonore Anna Elise (nee Bischoff) Fisher and William Albert Fisher. He received his teaching degree from Milwaukee Teachers College. In 1942 he interrupted his studies to join the Army where he served in the 91st Infantry Division Band in North Africa and Italy during World War II. After a discharge with honors in 1945, he began a long teaching career that took him to Durand, in a position as music and English instructor. While there, he met and wed Rosemary Parker. In 1952, the family moved to Grafton, where he taught English, band, chorus and drama until his retirement from Grafton High School in 1985. He was a charter member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ and their organist for 25 years. He was an avid amateur astronomer and a longtime member of the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Other interests included participation in the Model Railroad Society, and travel.

Survivors include: wife Sandra Fisher (Silva); Rosemary Fisher (Parker); children Robin (Randy) Wolf, Billie Jo Fisher, Lea Fisher, Daniel (Stephanie) Fisher and Rebecca Fisher; grandchildren Ericka (Paul) Berceau, Anneliese (Brett) Wrolstad, Emily (Steven) Severin, Ryan Clark, Diana (Jonathan) Miller, Eliesen Clark, Daniel (Melissa) Fisher, Tonia (Tomme) Wengel, John Fisher, Lisa-Marie Wolf, Christopher Heald, and eight great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by many other loving relatives and lifelong friends.

A son, William Thomas, preceded Bill in death.