Rev. Greg Way
Organist ~ Karen Huether
Irene Mae Fischer was born on December 10, 1927 to Albert and Emma (Kocourek) Wittmeier in Tyndall, South Dakota. She was baptized by Rev. Hessel on September 30, 1936 and confirmed on March 17, 1940. She graduated from Tyndall High School in 1945 and went on to earn her teacher’s certificate from Southern Normal College in Springfield. For two years, Irene taught at Dewald Country School until she married Ervin Fischer on January 13, 1947 and became a devoted farmwife. Together they made their home on a farm 3½ miles south of Tripp where they would farm and live for the next 50 years. Irene worked alongside her husband, often helping him on the farm or in the field driving a truck. She loved her snapper mower and mowing her grass out on the farm.
Irene was a great cook and “if anyone ever left her home hungry, it was no one’s fault but their own.” She affectionately insisted on feeding her visitors and making sure they had plenty of cookies and candy for the drive home. In her spare time, she enjoyed word finds, playing pinochle, polka music, and her spoiled cats. She was a member of Frieden’s Reformed Church in Tripp. Irene was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who truly enjoyed spending time with her family.
Irene passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tripp having attained the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 9 days.
Grateful for sharing Irene’s life are her children: Dennis (Mary Ellen) Fischer , Sr. of Tripp, Donna (Gerald) Schaeffer of Menno, and daughter-in-law Judy Fischer of Tripp; grandchildren: Dennis Lee (Sherry) Fischer, Jr., Terry (Sheri) Fischer, Sherry (John) Friman, Rick Fischer, Ron Fischer, Tammy (Dean) Varilek, Chad (Rachel) Schaeffer, Amanda (Kyle) Hodnefield, and Craig Schaeffer; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and brother Ken (Norma) Wittmeier of Tyndall.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ervin in 2003, son Eugene Ervin Fischer in 2001, her parents, sister Delores Wiederrich, and great-grandson Noah Hodnefield.