February 28, 1935 -- June 17, 2020
JoAnn D. Fisher, 85, of Bristol, passed away at 1:26 am on Wednesday, June 17, at
Elkhart General Hospital, after a brief stay. She was born on February 28, 1935 in
Philadelphia, PA, to John and Frieda (Schmidt) Helwig. On June 13, 1959 in Hatfield,
PA she married Thomas A. Fisher, he survives. Survivors in addition to her husband
are two sons, Chris (Gina) Fisher of Stuttgart, Germany, Michael (Dawn) Fisher of
Westfield; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Kay McKenzie of
Palmer, AK. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Rodney Fisher.
Joann had been a preschool and elementary teacher for 29 years, teaching at York
Elementary School for 20 years. She was a member of the Elkhart Reformed
Presbyterian Church, R.I.P.E.A. (retired teachers association), Jefferson
Homemakers Club and she had volunteered with the Child Evangelism Ministries in
the Middlebury Schools. She enjoyed making crafts. Visitation will be from 9:30 -
10:30 am on Monday, June 22, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street Middlebury. Funeral services will follow visitation at 10:30 am also at the
funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastor Wade Mann. Burial will be in
Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to Child Evangelism
Ministries, Bristol. Online condolences may be offered at
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From: Jeannine Martin
Sympathies to JoAnn's husband and family. Only know her past few years in
Jefferson Ext. club; she always had stories to relate. And we shared Iowa history.
She seemed to love her interaction with children.
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From: Carol Trotter
So sorry for the family. I worked with JoAnn at York for many years. She was the
sweetest person I have ever known. She will be missed.
JoAnn D. Fisher