Victoria M. Fisher(1946 - 2014)

FITZWILLIAM - Victoria M. Fisher, 67, died Sunday March 2, 2014, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. following a brief illness.

Vickie was born March 5, 1946, in Baldwin, Wis. daughter of Walter Joseph and Florence Mary (Puchleitner) Palewicz. She moved with her family to Pasadena, Calif. in 1957 and attended Assumption of the Blessed Mary School, Saint Andrews High School, Pasadena City College (AA) and California State University Los Angeles.

She had a love of history and, in particular, eighteenth century cooking and reenacting. She moved to New Hampshire in 1997, into the house of her dreams. Built in 1768, it has the original hearth and some of the original flooring and doors. She was an active member of the Regiment Bourbonnais reenacting group and the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. She was a gifted first person interpreter, teaching and sharing her passion with many others, including her grandchildren.

She shared her love of history and reenacting with her life partner of over 20 years, George Dimond Chapman, who predeceased her in 2007. Together they started a business, Living History Interpretations, doing first person interpretation for schools and historical societies. Her eighteenth century dinners were treasured fundraisers for local community organizations and her seventeenth century presentations as "The Pilgrim Lady" kept her busy much of Nov.

Vickie was an active member of the Fitzwilliam Community Church, having served as an officer of the Church and Clerk of Council, as well as serving on a variety of committees and volunteer personal secretary to the pastor. She took every opportunity to honor our veterans and war dead and was well known for her elaborate patriotic coffee hours throughout the year. She was particularly fond of the old hymns and was a strong supporter of the church's music program. Previously, she had been active at the Altadena Congregational Church in Calif.

She loved Fitzwilliam, serving on its 250th Birthday Celebration committee and annually participating in the Memorial Day events; marching in the parade with a colonial contingent of family members and following to services at the local cemeteries.

At the time of her death, she was employed at the Law Office of Fernald, Taft, Falby and Little in Peterborough. In California, she had been employed with the United Teachers of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District.

Survivors include her daughter, Michele Bernal and husband, Paul, of Skillman, N.J. and daughter, Jennifer Skelton and husband, Dean, of Fitzwilliam; five grandchildren, Michael Alan Picinisco, Blake Nicole Skelton, Hayden Lorraine Skelton, William Peter Bernal and Andrew John Bernal.

Vickie's dear friend Rev. Lynda Tonking Tolton will conduct a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday June 28, 2014, at the Fitzwilliam Community Church, 85 Route 119. There will be a hymn sing at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. and a light lunch in the church vestry.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made in Vickie's memory to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Fitzwilliam Community Church, P.O. Box 522, 03447. The Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, send a condolence to the family and for more information, please visit

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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Mar. 18, 2014