Darleen Marie (Paulus) Fisher (1928 - 2015)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Darleen Mary Fisher, 86, died peacefully on Thursday, April 30 in San Francisco in the home of her son Brayton Fisher and daughter in law Teresa Ledesma.
She was born on Dec. 8, 1928, the daughter of Joe and Hattie (Polege) Paulus in Fairbank, Iowa. After graduating from St. Johns High School in 1946 in Independence, Iowa, Darleen married Alan Fisher on Aug. 29, 1948, and the couple moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Darleen became the administrative assistant to the president of Food Machinery and Chemical Corp. They returned to Iowa in 1950, and Darleen worked for the City of Independence, producing all the electric & water bills by hand. She next worked for Farmers Bank (now BankIowa). They started the Ace Hardware store in Oelwein in 1957, and as a housewife Darleen kept the books for the business, while raising their son. Since 1953, they spent every summer at the cottage at the Wapsipinicon Golf Course in Independence, living in Oelwein from 1962 to 1979, in the house she designed. Thereafter, they lived full time at the house they built on the golf course, which Darleen also designed, spending the winters in Phoenix and San Francisco. With Alan she traveled the world, including Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Jamaica, France, Britain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, China and Bermuda, and most of the major US cities.
Darleen is survived by her nieces Barbara Overland Paull of Surprise, Ariz., Kaaren (Walter) Scorobogaty of Surprise, Ariz., Carol Vieth Cook in Independence, and Vicki Cook in Rochester, Minn.; and nephews Mark Overland in Independence, Don (Judy) Overland in Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Lura) Cook in Independence, and Scott Cook in Phoenix.
Darleen was preceded in death by her husband Alan of 65 years, her parents, two sisters, Adeline (Floyd) Overland, Sister Mary Ethel (Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary), two brothers, Raymond Paulus and Russell Paulus, and a nephew, Captain Mike Overland.
Darleen has been cremated, and her ashes will be spread on the San Francisco Bay, along with Alan's remaining ashes. A plaque will be added to the bench on the River Ridge golf course that was placed to commemorate Alan Fisher, so they may be remembered together there. Brayton and his wife Teresa plan to return to Independence at some point for a celebration of her life, and will notify those interested well in advance of the date. If you wish to share your respects and condolences, please go on the internet at bit.ly/darleenfisher and post your comments or email them to [email protected] and they will be posted for you. Darleen will be greatly missed, and those who knew her will cherish the memory of her sincerity, integrity, intelligence, beauty, and love of family.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on May 9, 2015