OBITUARY

Norbert Fisher

February 6, 1930June 24, 2018
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Norbert Fisher, age 88, of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord Sunday, June 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Theresa. He is survived by his children, Paul and Valery Fisher, and Anne Winters; his grandson, Russell Winters and great grandchildren. Norbert was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church, (1120 4 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI), with Fr. Tom Cavera as Celebrant. Norbert will be laid to rest next to Mary in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be at Reyers North Valley Chapel from 6-8 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and one hour before the mass at the church. A Rosary will be prayed 7:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., (PO Box 805, Grandville, MI 49468).

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Norbert Fisher

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Valery Fisher

July 4, 2018

In memory of my wonderful father-in-law. You are loved and will be greatly missed.

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.
~Anonymous~

paul fisher

July 2, 2018

to the best father a son could ever have i'm glad that mom and you adopted me and made me feel loved and wanted love paul

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Norbert Fisher. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Norbert was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

       He was the son of Clinton and Cecelia Ledger. Norbert was raised in northwest Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Norbert was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Norbert's personality throughout his life.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Norbert was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Norbert was always tactful. One thing Norbert will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Norbert had a number of interests and was an active child. Norbert took part in fishing and baseball, football and basketball.

      For Norbert, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Norbert was also adept at details. Norbert was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Byron Center High School in 1948. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. In addition to attending classes, Norbert earned seven varsity letters, three baseball, two basketball and two football.

      There was one thing that all of Norbert's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Norbert was such a popular person throughout his life. But Norbert was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Norbert was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Norbert was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Norbert was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Norbert was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Norbert made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, his best friend was Bob Nichols.

      Norbert was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Norbert cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On January 15, 1955 Norbert married Mary Theresa Ford at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Norbert worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Norbert and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Norbert was blessed with two children, Paul Michael and Anne Marie. They were also blessed with one grandson, Russell "Rusty". Norbert was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Norbert was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Norbert would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Norbert, and he expected the same from those around him. Norbert was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Norbert was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Norbert handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was as an engineering technician. He was employed for Kent County Road Commission. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Norbert was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Norbert was an Army Veteran. He did his basic training in Fort Sill Oklahoma. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private.

      A methodical man, Norbert enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were golfing, softball and card playing.

      Norbert was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Norbert was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Norbert played baseball, basketball, football and track. Recreational sports included softball and track. Norbert also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Detroit Tigers Baseball.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Norbert to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Norbert did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Norbert was a member of many athletic teams.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Norbert well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of The Nights of Columbus and was a devote Catholic. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      Not only did Norbert enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included his honeymoon to Washington D.C., and trips to Grand Canyan, Disney World and many family camping trips.

      Norbert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was a dog named Daisy and a cat named Nickie.

      Since it was easy for Norbert to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Norbert was ready when that day to retire finally came in June 1, 1990. In retirement, he found new pleasure in golfing in a golf league, playing cards with friends, volunteering at the senior center and at church. Even in retirement, Norbert stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

      Norbert passed away on June 24, 2018 at The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He is survived by his children Paul Michael and daughter Anne Marie; his grandson Russell and great-grandchildren Elijah and Raven Services were held at St. Jude Catholic Church. Norbert was laid to rest in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

      Norbert was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Norbert was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Norbert Fisher.