Judith Fischer

Judith Evelyn Fischer

On Friday, April 26 a special angel entered into heaven.

Judith Evelyn Fischer, 73, was born to Bart Manick and Eleanore Greenblatt on September 7, 1939 in San Francisco, CA at Mt. Zion Hospital.

Judy graduated from Lowell High School and went on to City College of San Francisco to become a dental assistant.

She married Arthur William Fischer on June 24, 1961. They met in their teenage years while she was a member of B'nai Brith. Their first daughter Cheryl Lynn was born on May 9, 1966 and four years later they welcomed Jill Elizabeth on March 24, 1970.

Judy is survived by her ex-husband Arthur Fischer who has stood by her side throughout her life; her loving daughters Cheryl Lynn Brewster (Rob Davies) and Jill Elizabeth Luckhurst (Max); her two precious grandchildren Annie Elizabeth Brewster, 13 and Jaxson William Luckhurst 4 who were the pride and joy of her life; her devoted siblings Robert Olsen (Lisa), Susan Markovich (Frank), Francine Korn (the late Buzz Korn), and Patty Manick (Leo Cuzensa); adored nieces and nephews Robert Jr., Hilary, Audrey, and Candice Olsen; Frankie, Courtney, and Makenna Markovich, Michael, Jenny, Ezra, and Luke Markovich, Christine, Ignacio, and Zachary Finlay, Sarah and Tanya Cuzensa as well as numerous cherished co-workers and friends.

It is hard to describe in words the extraordinary person Judy was. She touched so many lives in so many ways. She would wake up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning to drive to her local Safeway to get bread for the ducks to feed at Sigmund Stern Grove. Although she had many kittens over the years, yet owned no dogs, she would walk the neighbors' dogs for them and that always brought her and the pups much joy! She knew every dog and their owner by name, brought treats to share, and always reached out her hand for a loving pat on their face. To Judy every day was Christmas or Mother's Day. All she wanted was to make sure her girls cupboards were filled with peanut butter, refrigerators filled with cottage cheese, and she knew they were taken care of. Jill was the R.N. in the family but Judy was the true caregiver. She always looked out for those less fortunate and always rooted for the underdog. It was that caring nature that led her to her work at Hospice By the Bay where she helped the needy people of the community and treated them as family. From there she went on to her inspirational work at the Janet Pomeroy Center and that's where she was really able to shine. The developmentally disabled clients at the JPC were lovingly cared for by Judy for over five years which were some of the most rewarding years of her life.

A private celebration of Judy's life will be held to honor and remember her.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 19, 2013