Andrea Fischer, age 73, of Irma, died on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the UW Madison Hospital, after a short illness. She was born on January 22, 1945 to Andrew and Myrtle (Englund) Fischer in Merrill. Her mother, Myrtle, survives
Graduated from Merrill High School with the class of 1963, UW Oshkosh and earned her Masters degree at the UW Milwaukee. She was a science & physical education teacher in Oconomowoc, Little Chute and Ashwaubenon’s Parkview Middle School for 30 years. Andrea coached basketball at both the high school and middle school. She retired in 2002. Traveling was always an adventure, taking her mother to Sweden, was one of her treasured travels. Andrea loved athletic competition & cherished friendships from playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. She was an avid fan of Green Bay Packers and WI Badgers. The WI State Girls & Boys Basketball tournaments were an annual spring favorite. Andrea always lovingly supported education & athletics in the lives of her nephews, niece and their children. She was never “to busy” to teach a child to swim, help with a school project or play a game.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles
Andrea’s patience, compassion and dedication contributed to her success as a teacher. She cared very deeply for her students, remembering them even decades after they’d left school. Andrea was teacher of the year in 1992 and received the JC Penny Golden Rule Award in 1995. She truly loved living on Silver Lake and enjoyed the frequent family gatherings. Andrea is lovingly remembered as a fun-loving person that was full of life. Andrea loved her family and looked forward to having the nieces & nephews come for visits, spending time on the water. She will be sadly missed.
Andrea is survived by her mother: Myrtle Fischer, sister: Kathleen (Robert-deceased) Monnot, brother: LeRoy (Connie) Fischer, all of Merrill, nephews: Duane (Lisa) Fischer of Marshfield, LeRoy E. (Carol) Fischer of Merrill, Scott (Danielle) Monnot of Merrill, Andrew (Brenda) Monnot and Chad (Lynn) Monnot, both of Merrill, niece: Linda (Duane) Moore of Pewaukee, step nephews: Larry (Lori) Beyer, N.D., Mike (Denise) Beyer, Gleason, Pat (Laura) Beyer, Gleason, step nieces: Nancy (Sig) Podgorski, Sherry Henirich, both of Wausau, many other relatives and good friends.
She is preceded in death by her father: Andrew Fischer, nephew: David Fischer, brother-in-law: Robert Monnot and many aunts and uncles.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Andrea will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Father Chris Kemp will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 11am, until the time of Mass, also at the church.
Donations to the Retired Teachers Organization for scholarships or a charity of your choice are encouraged.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.