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Nita Ann (Juanita) Fischer

Jul 24, 1932 - May 09, 2020


Nita Ann (Juanita) Fischer was born on July 24th,1932 and was granted her “angel wings” on May 9th, 2020, surrounded by her family. After a short, but very courageous battle with cancer. She spent her final days talking to all her many friends on the phone while her kids came and went daily in shifts. And even though we miss you already mom, we know Dad has been waiting for you and we’ll all be together again one day!

She was the most generous, loving, caring, fun loving woman and will be missed by all who knew her…but mostly by her 3 daughters and 5 sons. Jackie (Chris) Schroeder, Cory (Debbie), Joel (special friend, Maria Martin), Mary (Dave) Torrison, Patti (Mark) Hamel, Michael (Nancy), Thomas (Sheri), Rob (Jen) and sister-in-law Kathleen Finger.

Nita was a teacher before marrying the love of her life Jack Fischer on May 2nd, 1953 and together they started a family. He sadly preceded her in death in 2017…and while she missed him immensely, we understand they still had very meaningful nightly conversations.

Her parents Earnest & Gertrude Finger, who also preceded her in death…were foster parents to over 100 children besides 7 of their own. So you can see how children always played a huge role in her life.   There was no room for selfishness…only lots of LOVE!

Over the years she worked tirelessly for the “March of Dimes”, PTA at St. Peter Claver and as a tutor for many kids who thrived with her help. In her spare time she ran her own business “Nita’s Miniatures”, was extremely active in and proud of her families involvement with Top Hats marching group, which Jack was director of from 1967 – 1978 and also Classic Reunion. She had a lot of fun being a crossing guard at Wilson Elementary school and published numerous cookbooks.   And boy did she LOVE to cook…she was always surprising us with so many amazingly yummy recipes.

Nita and Jack were members of St. Peter Claver Parish always worked together, side by side, on many committees like Bingo and September Fest.

Despite the craziness that goes on within a household of 10 people…she made managing it all seem easy and almost fun. Staying up one entire night EVERY week just to do laundry was the norm.

Mom was always baking bread, canning everything imaginable, taking kids to sporting events, doctor appointments, the endless house cleaning and lets not forget the trouble we could get into…but it was always MOM to the rescue!

She was preceded in death by infant twins, a sister Elizabeth, her parents-in-law Fred & Agnes Fischer, brothers, Bob, Mert and Kenneth Finger. Sisters, Margaret Francis and Nel Hoerz. Brothers-in-law, Fred Fischer Jr., Robert Halverson, Dick Hoerz and Don Francis. Sisters-in-law Mutz Finger, Marianne Finger, Lucille Finger Josephine Finger and Millie Fischer. Also son-in-law Thomas Kuehl and numerous other family members.

While family was her EVERYTHING…her legacy will live on with her 8 children, 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild due in July. But I think her family & friends alike will agree…her love came thru BEST in her homemade chocolates at Christmas time and her famous fruit jams!

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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Clare Gartman

My deepest sympathy to all my Fischer friends. I have so many wonderful memories of Mom Fischer! You were very blessed to have her for your Mom and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the family thru childhood friendship and later on again with Classic Reunion. She always had a Smile for me... one of the many things i remember. Yes she was loving and caring and BUSY... you mentioned laundry.....She was the first to teach me how to iron a man's shirt properly:) I also remember her love/passion for cooking.... that kitchen was always hopping....remember the "fritters"? So good!!! The list of good memories goes on and on. Rest in Peace Nita....Love to all, Clare

Mary and Wayne Novak

We’re so sorry to hear of Nita’s death. We’re keeping all of you in prayer. May you hold memories of Nita close to your heart. Blessings

Richard Kind

Mary , Dave & Family: So sorry to hear of your loss. By reading your Moms story, she was quite the woman who blessed you i many ways. Enjoy all the special moments that you shared together. Love you...Ric


Mary. David and the entire Fischer family. Our sincere condolences to all of you as you grieve the loss of your mom and grandmother. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Elke, Carlton(Robby), and family ❤

Glenn Zeinemann

My sincerest condolences to the entire Fischer family on the loss of your dear mother, Nita. She will fondly be remembered as the official "mom" of Classic Reunion as well. I look forward to hopefully seeing all of you sometime soon. Take care and stay safe and healthy. Glenn Zeinemann


You will be missed by all who knew You Central High, Class of 1950

Todd and Carol Gerhardt

We are so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose mom, but great to look back on her wonderful life.

Thomas Binder

Nita was a great crossing guard and so much fun to talk to about almost anything. She always had a big smile on her face and she took such care with the children. What I really remember is that she taught me that you can dip almost anything in chocolate! I was making chocolate covered cake pops last week and had chocolate left over and I thought to myself, “What would Nita dip now?” Turned out to be some popcorn. My condolences to the entire family. Your mom was a special, wonderful lady.


Our deepest sympathy to the Fischer family ---- Jack & Barb Leonhardt

Larry & Christine Lauderdale

Mary, our thoughts are with you and your family.

Eric A. Abig

My very heart felt condolences to Mary, Dave, Adam, and Jenny on the loss of your Nita Ann. Your Mother, Mother in Law, and Grandmother. May God bless you all with comfort as time passes and your loss emerges into warm and happy memories.

Mary Jo Lorenz Robinson

To the Fischer Family ~ heartfelt hugs & prayers on the loss of your mom. Nita was a special lady as was your dad. They are together again!

Orville Froh

To Nita’s Family: I was a classmate of Nita at CHS class of 1950. I’m not sure if she was in any of my classes. Once we started having reunion lunches, I would always chat with Jack and her reminisce about days gone by.. I was a Korean Veteran like Jack. She was always so helpful especially when we planned our high school reunions. I had been calling her once a week and sending cheerful cards to her and she said she was always so happy with that. I shed a tear also because she was like family to me, So friendly, gracious and kind. Sincerest sympathy to all of you. MaryDonna & Orv Froh.

Leslie E.

I'm so sorry about Nita! I got to know her working at park n shop south And later at St. Petes She will be greatly missed!

Wade and karen Gollhardt

Sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God Bless

Beverly Foley

Nita was a wonderful lady to know, her obit is so well written. I can almost hear her jolly laugh. You had great parents, I worked with Jack at Piggly Wiggly....the two of us almost knew how to make the place perfect! Blessings to her family of caregivers.