Stella Fisher, 99
A native of Washington County and long-term West Bend resident, Stella
Fisher, nee Goetz, passed away peacefully Nov. 12, 2010, after a long
illness. She was 99 years old.
Born near Holy Hill, the third of seven children, Stella and her
siblings helped her parents run a bar, restaurant, and dance hall in
Mayfield. The family stayed close and her childhood yielded many moving
and colorful stories of surviving prohibition, the Depression and World
War II. This gave Stella strength, versatility and a resilience that was
evident to the end.
Her brother, Henry, and her sister, Beatrice, also passed away in 2010.
After relocating to West Bend, she worked in the Hausmann family dental
office as a hygienist and was was elected to represent the Wisconsin
Hygienist Association at a national convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
She married Marion “Bud” Fisher, in 1938, and, through his influence,
learned to style hair. After World War II, the couple owned and operated
a salon in Milwaukee.
Her love and appreciation for music permeated her life. She played the
piano and organ, often substituting at Holy Angels Catholic Church and
rousing her extended family to song at parties and holidays. After
purchasing an organ for the house, she supported and encouraged her son,
Michael, in his professional musical career. She attended concerts and
recitals whenever she could.
Stella and Bud retired to Sun City, Ariz., in 1977, where Stella was
active in her church, the Knitters Society and aerobic classes. She grew
close to her neighbors and was recognized by many during her walks with
her dog, Camy.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1994.
She is survived by her two children, Paul and Michael, her
daughter-in-law, Marianne, her granddaughter, Lauren, and nieces and
nephews who remember her kindness and recall her as their favorite aunt.
She will be missed, but her legacy of family and music endures.