Clare (Oberholtzer) Fischer, 92, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at the Oaks Retirement Facility in Bessemer, Ala., after a long illness.
Clare was born near Patricksburg (Owen County), Indiana, on Aug. 17, 1917, one of six children born to Benjamin Elder and Emma (Mutchler) Oberholtzer (both deceased).
She was married to Ernest G. (Buck) Fischer (deceased) and is survived by a brother, Ernest Oberholtzer and his wife Betty (Spencer, Ind.), sons Ernest Alan (Glennie, Michigan), Marvin and his wife Georgianna (Bessemer, Ala.), and Dale and his wife Elisa (Columbia, Md.), six granddaughters, three grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Clare was a graduate of Patricksburg, Ind., High School, and received both BA and MA degrees in education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute.
She was a teacher for more than 40 years, including more than 25 years as a speech and hearing therapist and supervisor in the Indianapolis Public Schools.
Upon her retirement in 1983, she received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" award from the Governor of Indiana for her distinguished and dedicated service to the special needs school children of Indianapolis.
She attended First United Methodist Church and belonged to various social, professional and service organizations in Plainfield, Ind., prior to moving to Alabama in 2005.
A memorial service has been scheduled at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, and will take place next month, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor are welcomed to "Family Comfort Hospice," 2420 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, Ala., 35022, www.fchospice.com, or "Alzheimer's of Central Alabama," PO Box 2273, Birmingham, Ala., 35201, www.alzca.org.