Annabelle Francis "Sue" Fischer

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Annabelle Francis "Sue" Fischer, 90, of Westminster, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Carroll Hospital Center. Born on July 1, 1926 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Clarence A. and Gladys Schultheis Fischer. Being too young to enlistment into the US Navy, Sue worked as an Airplane Spotter for National Defense during World War II. Sue served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1971, achieving the rank of Yeoman Chief. In 1971 Sue transferred to Fleet Reserve until her retirement in 1981, serving a total of 30 years. She served as Company Commander at RTC Bainbridge. With the US Embassy working in legal in London she remembered this as her favorite all-round Navy assignment. She was also active in the Navy Womens' National Convention Association, founding the Chesapeake Unit 7, WNC, and serving as the Organization's State Director for Maryland. Upon retirement from the Navy, Sue returned to the College of Notre Dame, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 1978. After graduation, she became a literary consultant, author,editor and researcher. In that capacity, Sue wrote several books covering Navy Women and her own family history on "Old Ironsides" in "Experienced and Conquered" now part of the USS Constitution's permanent records and other publications on a variety of subjects. In 1962, Sue found a new depth in her Catholicism and subsequently served as a secular Franciscan. Totally dedicated to the Secular Franciscan Order, Sue took every opportunity to broaden her understanding of it, as well as deepen her own spiritual life. She wrote many articles , including a series entitled "Ministering to Your Fraternity" as her contribution to this organization on the fraternity, provincial and national levels. Sue had lived on a farm in Carroll County, Maryland where she created a Retreat where people could "contemplate..., where they can be alone and talk to the Lord". She is predeceased by her sisters Josephine Cecelia Peach of Woodstock and Julia Theresa Nawrot of Owings Mills; Surviving her is sister Mary Agnes Peeling of Owings Mills and numerous nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 18 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Parish, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester, MD 21102 with Father Michael Roach as celebrant. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 15, 2016
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