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Jean Fischer
July 7, 1946 - May 16, 2020
Jean Fischer: She Lived for Us
Jean Fischer – born Marcella Jean - to Elwood and Grace Nurse- entered the world July 7, 1946 in the Territory of Alaska in Anchorage. Her childhood was spent with her parents and sister Carol in Anchorage. She stepped peacefully into glory May 16, 2020 at home in Sherwood, Ore. On June 6, 1980 she married Wilmer "Bud" Fischer, who became the loving father of her beloved children Rob and Vicki Gillam. The four of them enjoyed an idyllic family life in Lake Oswego through the early nineties. Swimming in their backyard pool, going for RV trips, and hosting her kids' friends were some of her favorite pastimes.
Jean was an admired advocate for children, leader and friend to many in her 26 year career with Portland Public Schools in special education. It was Jean's joy to live in Sherwood, next door to her daughter and two of her grandsons from 2008-2020 and share daily life. Jean has gone ahead of her devoted husband Bud and their two children: her son, Rob Gillam and his wife, Stacia; and grandsons, Benjamin and Nicholas of Anchorage; as well as her daughter, Vicki Norris and her husband, Trevor and grandsons, Nash and Brock of Sherwood. She is also survived by her dear sister, Carol Armstrong (Ralph) of Sacramento, Calif., and family; and her sister-in-love, Kathy Zook of Portland. The family requests that you spend time with those you love and live life with gratitude, forgiveness, and with no regrets.
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Published in The Oregonian from May 21 to May 24, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
I had the privilege to work as Jeans assistant in the special education department at Portland Public Schools for two years and knew her as a thoughtful and generous friend and mentor from that point onward. Always upbeat, warm, straightforward and kind, she worked tirelessly to provide strong support for the special needs students we served. No matter how challenging the day had been she always made time to talk things through, invariably offering sage advice with a smile and words of encouragement. I learned so much from her and treasure the times we shared together.
She was so proud if her family. She spoke of them often and her love for them came through with every story she shared. I send my condolences to them all, knowing Jeans loving presence was a source of joy and strength that is greatly missed.
Mary Patterson
May 30, 2020
Jean, was a miraculous and extraordinary person. My wife and I had the pleasure of spending time with Jean and Bud in Alaska, Arizona, and here in Oregon. Jean was always smiling and up beat. We will miss her. God has another angel in heaven.
Leroy and Loylene Elam
Friend
May 29, 2020
I would like to extend my condolences to Jean's family. I had the pleasure to work with Jean in the Special Education department and later when she became my boss. Jean was a terrific mentor and always kept her focus on students. She will be missed by those of us she touched through her work. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Melissa Dragich
Coworker
May 27, 2020
Bud:
Seventeen months ago tomorrow I experienced what you have just suffered, and I know too well there are no words that even approach filling the void ... but please know that I know the grief you feel, and will feel, for losing someone who was so much a part of your life, and whose competence, kindness. and fun to be with was so good to those around her. If you ever just need to talk to someone about the hurt, feel free to call. (Note: I'm completely retired, so please dont think this is a solicitation!
R P Joe Smith
Friend
May 26, 2020
I first want to extend my sincere condolences to Bud, Vicki, Rob...and Carol.
I had the pleasure of working closely with Jean for many years in PPS, Special Education Department. I not only considered her a friend but a true professional colleague. I admired Jean for her constant focus on what was best for the students, parents and staff with whom we worked. Jean was a true advocate for all involved and with everyones efforts we imagined and implemented programs and policies that enhanced the recognition of the value of students, parents and staff.
Jean made a difference and the world was a better place for her presence. I am still trying to process the news of Jeans passing. I am honored to have known and worked with Jean.
Bob Crebo
Coworker
May 26, 2020
May you and your family feel the loving arms of Jesus around you, and may you find comfort in knowing you will see her again one day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Heather Opitz
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
I worked with Jean at Portland Public Schools for many years. She was calm, kind, smart and a dear friend. Jean loved her children and loved to share news of their lives. I haven't seen Jean since I retired, but it's sad to think she's not with us.
Linda A Kapranos
Friend
May 26, 2020
Jean raised a beautiful kind loving daughter, Vicki whose life and family speak volumes about the kind of lady Jean is. May she be fully embraced in the arms of Him and may Vicki and her family feel God's comfort and love.
Peggy Stevens
Friend
May 25, 2020
She was a very special lady who will be missed by all those who knew here. Condolences to Bud and the rest of the family.
Jerry Sheridan
Friend
May 25, 2020
I didn't know Jean real well, but knew her as a sweet, gracious lady who loved her son and daughter and especially her husband Bud, whom I've known for 49 years. He'd probably be one of the first to tell you that Jean's impact on his life was one of the greatest things that ever happened to him. That alone speaks to the kind of woman she was.
I express my deepest sympathies to Bud and the entire family in this time of loss. We can nevertheless rejoice in the knowledge that Jean is with her Savior, Jesus Christ. May God's comfort and blessing be upon the family at this difficult time.
Sam Hall
Friend
May 24, 2020
So many wonderful memories of sharing fun times in Alaska, Oregon and Arizona. Jean had an infectious smile. She will be missed. Yes, I'm still reading books that she shared with me.
Bud we are so sorry for your lose of loosing your best friend. Praying for your comfort.
Loylene and Lee
Loylene and Lee Elam
Friend
May 24, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Jeans passing. I worked closely with Jean for many years at Portland Public schools and had great admiration for her. She was a strong advocate for children and for the staff she supervised. A wonderful mentor, supervisor and colleague, Jean always positive and solution-focused. I will remember her with great fondness and admiration. My sincere sympathies to her family and close friends.
Betty Wagner
Coworker
May 24, 2020
Bud and Family - Sue and I are so sorry to learn of Jeans passing. May the wonderful memories you have of the great times spent together help sustain each and every one of you as you journey through this difficult time of loss. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you.
Lynn & Sue Voigt
Friend
May 24, 2020
I learned a lot from Jean. She and I worked as administrators in PPS for years. She helped me tame my strident fervor in order to actually get things done. She was patient and forgiving. I feel honored to have worked with her.
Cynthia Gilliam
Coworker
May 23, 2020
I enjoyed hearing of your adventures and travel at our monthly retired PPS Administrators lunch. You always brought cheer to the group. My thoughts are with your family. Warm regards.
Jan Whitaker
Coworker
May 22, 2020
Jean was a friend & colleague of mine for a decade at Portland Public Schools. She hired me & then we became Directors together for much of my time @ PPS. Jean would call me at 6:00AM on her way to work to discuss the days issues. She was sharp in her thinking with boundless energy. Speaking at her retirement lunch, in addition to her many skills, I noted everything she wore were matching in color. Her blouse, skirt, jewelry & even her shoes ALWAYS matched. She was beautiful through out. I am saddened that she is gone. Ill miss her.
Her family was very lucky to have her in their lives.
Beverly Pruitt
Coworker
May 22, 2020
Jean. I had the pleasure of working with Jean for many years. First in Special Education and then in General Education when she became a Director and my boss. Jean always had a sense of humor mixed with a clear sense of her role in being an educational leader. She worked on many levels to build team work while translating to her principals the message of our district. Jean always showed up. Even when the showing up was difficult. After a fire at my building, I was reminded of her strength and support as she helped my community heal. Jean remained a cheerleader for the district and stepped up to help out even after her formal retirement. It is with a measure of warmth, gratitude and respect that I will hold her in my memory.
Lynne Shlom Ferguson
Coworker
May 22, 2020
Jean was a very special friend to me and I will miss her so much. I will miss our monthly breakfasts that we had for the past several years. My condolences to her family as she was one of a kind.
Terry Coad
Friend
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