Jo Fischer passed away on February 19, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family with the wonderful
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help from the angels of Agrace Hospice. She lost her long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She is now
auditioning for the role of many lifetimes with God as her producer, John as her
leading man, and her four beloved children as scene stealers.
Josephine Dasher Bomgardner Fischer was born on July 27, 1926 to Zelma and Samuel Bomgardner in
Palmyra, PA., the youngest of five children. After graduating from Palmyra High School in 1944 she
moved to Madison, WI and graduated from UW-Madison in 1948 with a degree in Speech and English.
It was here that she met the love of her life, John G. Fischer, from Wisconsin Rapids and they would
have celebrated 70 years of marriage together this September. After college she spent a year at the
American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and worked as a tour guide for NBC at Radio City Music
Her joy in life was her family, her unique and unusual children, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Her hobbies included needlepoint, knitting, sewing, books, bridge, golf and antiques.
Her second love was the theatre. In the 60’s & 70’s, in Madison, she was fortunate enough to play some of her favorite roles with Madison Theatre Guild and Madison Civic Repertory which included Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Mame in Auntie Mame, Dora in Equus, Anna in the King & I, Eleanor in Lion in Winter and Little Mary In Little Mary Sunshine (she received Madison Critic’s Awards for the last two). She was also active in Phi Beta and summer stock.
She is survived by her husband John G. Fischer; her children Jane (Duane) Miller of Madison; John “Gus”
Fischer, Jr. of Stoughton, WI (of whom she is most proud), Sara (Jeff) Nelson of Kennewick, WA and
Jennifer (Robert) Kuckuk of Cottage Grove, WI. Grandchildren include Jesse (Kristi), Nelson of Seattle, WA; Gabriel (fiancé Devon) of Bellingham, WA; Isaac Nelson of Kennewick, WA; Emily Kuckuk of New York City; Betsy (Joe) Clough of Cambridge, VT; and Sam (fiancé Cecelia) Kuckuk of Tucson, AZ. She was so proud of her great-grandchildren Aeribeth, Emmet Dasher, Jeff, Sol, Lydia Jo and Max.
Jo was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and despite this she managed to keep her sense of humor
and interest in the world. The last three years she was able to spend in her home with all the people and
things she loved close by. This would not have been possible without the loving care of her husband
John who became an expert chef, launderer and full-time caretaker at an age when most of us are
winding down. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date. Donations in her memory made be made to Agrace Hospice Care or the local theatre group of your choice.
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