Winona Fisher

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Winona R.N. (Simendinger)

Winona (Winnie) Fisher, of Ridgewood Manor, Maumee formerly of Liberty Center OH, passed away on the 27th of March 2013.

Winnie was born in Defiance County, OH, on May 7th, 1923 to John and Dessie Simendinger, and graduated from Defiance High School and the Flower Hospital School of Nursing with her R.N. degree.

On June 9th, 1944 Winona married Robert W. Fisher, a friend and schoolmate from the age of six. While Robert served during WWII, Winona worked at the Base hospital in Clovis, N.M., they returned to Liberty Center after the war to raise their family.

Having both children in school in the early 50's, Dr. Bernard George visited the Fisher residence and told her it was time for her to return to work; he needed a nurse to care for his office patients while he maintained his hospital rounds and numerous house calls. Together for years they met the health care needs of the area's patients until Dr. George suffered a severe stroke, at which time Margaret George asked that she became his private duty nurse. Winona cared for him until his death in 1969.

Winnie briefly returned to duty at the office for Doctors, Rigal and Anderson until once more she was asked to alter her career and become the school nurse for the Liberty Center School System. Winnie found the challenge interesting and loved working with the students. She simultaneously continued to nurse the many shut-ins of her community.

Winona was a pioneer in the Harvard Medical School Nurses' Health Study which was then the first and only comprehensive data compiled for women's health. She remained a loyal participant until 2010 and recruited many nurses to participate.

Winnie was a life member of the O.E.S., American Legion Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church where she served as church secretary.

Bob and Winnie enjoyed their weekends to the fullest; they shared fun with family and friends during the summers at Posey Lake and they wintered in south Texas. They were water sport enthusiasts and enjoyed ocean cruising with friends and many years of boating on the Maumee. Bob was a librarian and Winnie a lifeguard and swimming instructor during their retirement years in Texas.

Winnie loved her family, honored her parents and relished her grandchildren who named her "Winnie the Pooh". Artistic and creative, an avid reader, a good cook and nutritionist, she possessed a sharp sense of humor and a serious demeanor. Volunteerism was her mantra. Her work for her community, for the Red Cross, and her church was steadfast.

Survivors are her daughter, B.J. Stiles, (Frank) of Maumee, and her son, Roger Fisher, (Mary Alice), of Liberty Center; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Kenneth Fisher (Rosie); many nieces and nephews.

Winona was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday April 3, 2013, at Liberty Center United Methodist Church; OES service will be held at 1:30 p.m. A Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Kyle Kleeberger will officiate. Interment will follow at Young Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Liberty Center United Methodist Church, the Liberty Center Athletic Booster Club, or a . Arrangements by Wright-Habegger Funeral Home.
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 31, 2013
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