Loretta M. Fisher Loretta Marie (Schmidt) Fisher of Export, PA, passed away Thursday, January 9, surrounded by family. She was born February 15, 1930, in Beloit, KS, the third of seven children of Valentine Raymond and Katherine Schmidt. Beloved wife of the late Marvin D. Fisher, she is survived by son Gregory M. Fisher, daughter Karen Fisher, son John (Janet) Fisher, daughter Mary (Jeff) Williams, son Brian (Gilda) Fisher and daughter Brenda Fisher, brother Arnold Schmidt, brother Leonard Schmidt, as well as nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers John, Raymond, and Bill, and sister Charlotte. An avid reader, Loretta loved to learn. Growing up on the family’s homestead farm in Kansas, her favorite places to read was under the cottonwood trees and at night with a kerosene lamp. She shared many stories of life growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, including surviving flooding and the dust bowl during the Great Depression. She was proud that their farm was one marked by the “bums” during the Great Depression, offering a good meal to those in need who knew the marks. She and her siblings kept her guardian angel busy. After graduating high school, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a Dietician specialty from Mt. Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS., now Benedictine College. Loretta first worked as a dietician in Cincinnati, OH, then in Kansas City, MO. She met her future husband on a blind date as a favor to friends, after insisting she was not going to date a “hot-shot” pilot. Marvin, an Air Force pilot stationed in Topeka, KS, was humble, intelligent, and creative, and the first man she had met who wasn’t scared off by Loretta’s desire of six children. Married in 1958, they epitomized the genuine, loving commitment needed to be happily married for almost 58 years. They loved each other’s company, were playful and loved to travel. They had great love for their family and were deeply committed to them, teaching them the tenets of their Christian faith through the way they lived their life. Friends and family will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Wolfe-von Geis Funeral Home, 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 13, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Export. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Denmark Manor, Export.
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