Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL


Fern L. Cisky

July 20, 1938September 4, 2019

Fern Lee Cisky, 81 passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on September 4, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1938 in Genoa NE. to the late Mary and Herman Silverberg.

Until her health declined she was a member of First Christian Church Haines City FL, as a member of the First Christian Church Winter Haven, FL. She served as an elder, taught Sunday school, was a member of the Disciples Women’s Ministry, she also attended Community Bible Study at Calvary Baptist Church.

She retired in 2014 after being a nurse for 55 years. She wore many hats while she was a nurse from RN, Director of Nursing, working in hospitals and nursing homes. The last 10+ years as a hospice nurse for Good Shepherd Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and Sister Mabel. She is survived by her 2 sons: Bruce Burkman (Penny) of Panasoffkee, FL, Philip Lesson (Tongcom) of Omaha, NE, daughter: Karla Marshall (Ralph) of Winter Haven, FL. 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, sister: Rose Laureti of Lake Wales, FL and 3 nephews.

Family will receive friends Monday, September 9, 2019 from 10:30 am – 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church 2101 Overlook Dr. Winter Haven, FL. Memorial service will follow at 11:00

In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy memorial contribution may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice of Auburndale, FL.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, September 9, 2019


Fern L. Cisky

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Home Helpers Home Care

September 9, 2019

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. Fern will be thought of and missed by many in our organization. Our time to get to know her and care for her, will be remembered fondly.

Justin Fleche
-Home Helpers Home Care

Elvira Beckenhauer

September 8, 2019

Fern was a classmate of mine at Immanuel School of Nursing. I last visited with her ten years ago at our 50th class reunion. Fern usually returned for class reunions but missed her at our 60th in April of this year. I'm looking forward to seeing her at the best reunion some day!
I'll be thinking of her family tomorrow. May God hold you close through your tears and in your sorrow. May the love of Christ comfort you and bring you peace.

Kathy Johnson

September 8, 2019

I remember Fern as a no nonsense Christian and nurse. She was a God send when I was looking for a place for my parents to be moved to Assisted living. A compassionate woman,she lived her life as an example of a righteous woman in the eyes of God. You have arrived home. Blessings and prayers to those left behind

Margaret Peterson

September 7, 2019

Fern, was a long-time friend from Sunday School, Confirmation,Luther League and high school. We spent lots and lots of hour together, laughing and having so much fun together! I will miss seeing her at our high school alumnis. My deepest sympathy to all her family.

Linda Curtner

September 6, 2019

I know Fern from many years of sharing at Disciples Women’s Ministries. We would travel to the same meetings and served on the Florida Disciples Women’s Board together. She was a hard worker and very compassionate. I remember many stories of traveling to see patients which would bring on her smile and that throaty laugh. She will be missed but I know she’s getting heaven ready for all of us, her sisters. I pray for you, her family, but she will be waiting to see you with a warm hug. Thank God for your rest now.

Rachel Battaglia

September 6, 2019

I had the pleasure of getting to know Fern through the FDWM board as well. She was absolutely wonderful in her wisdom of being a mom. I have two children and she had great advice as well as stories. She would always listen and had a hug waiting if you needed it or not. Fern will have a special place in my heart.

Leslie McCarrick

September 6, 2019

Sweet, Sweet Fern. You will be dearly missed by so many whose life you touched; me included. I was honored to get to know her through the FDWM board. We spent time working hard AND having fun. I recall her smile and wit...a true woman of God. Well done good and faithful servant. May God's tender mercies comfort all who mourn her passing. Love, Leslie McCarrick

Judy Symes

September 6, 2019

Loved to hear Fern laugh. Such a wonderful sense of humor. She always had a helping hand and started the nurses ministry at First Christian in WH. She will be greatly missed. "Well done, good and faithful servant"

Martha Vanaskey

September 6, 2019

Fern was a dear friend for many years. She was a source of biblical knowledge for me. The two of us went to The Retreat in Ocala for Disciples Women retreats. We traveled to numerous assemblies & Quadrennials. I will miss my traveling roommate. God has welcomed home a truly blessed servant.
RIP. My friend. Hugs. Marty Vanaskey