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Becky Fisher

Becky V Fisher

Wednesday, April 20th, 1949 - Monday, December 9th, 2019
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Becky was born in Watertown, WI. She spent a good portion of her young adulthood travelling the world, beginning in Mexico, and later studying in Madrid and working in Peru in a bilingual/bicultural center. Eventually, she returned to Wisconsin to complete her masters degree at UW-Madison.

Becky’s next adventure was to move to New York City, where she lived for 13 years and met her future husband, David. After the birth of their third child, the family moved to Madison. Becky worked as an ESL instructor at UW-Madison for the next 20 years, before retiring in 2012. Throughout her career and retirement, Becky continued her travels throughout the US and abroad.

She is survived by her husband, David, her three children, Maya, Megan, and Devon, and her granddaughters Aaliyah and Kaylie. Her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Rick Heinen, her nephew Hans, his wife Elizabeth, and her great nephew Vander also carry on Becky’s memory, as do her many friends and extended family across this country and the world.
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Kathy El-Assal

Posted at 02:28am

Becky and I met in the mid-'70s when we were both studying linguistics at the UW Madison. Our paths subsequently diverged, but no matter where we landed, from Manhattan to Marrakech, we kept in touch. In 1981, on my way to Peace Corps training in Morocco, Becky was one of the friends who came to my farewell dinner/Dustin Hoffman celebrity sighting in N.Y.C. While I was gone, Becky met and married David, and a year later I tied the knot with Mohamed in Gibraltar. By the early nineties, we were all back in the Madison area raising children. All four kids were March babies: our daughter Nadia was born in 1984, followed by Becky's three in '85 (Maya), '87 (Megan), and '89 (Devon). We took them to Sunday school at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unitarian Meeting House because we wanted them to learn about religion in a non-dogmatic fashion. By 2004, when we built our house on Mound Dr. and Becky & David lived just a mile away on Lake Mendota Dr., we'd already established a pattern of weekly walks and outings. But retirement brought more ambitious wanderings and Becky & I took five trips together, meeting up with wonderful friends and family in: 1) Santa Barbara, 2) a road trip out East that included 5 stops, 3) Seattle and Vancouver, 4) the Twin Cities, and 5) Oregon and Washington. Besides being a great traveling companion, Becky also had a great sense of humor and excelled at leg-pulling. She was a steadfast friend who could be depended on for everything from rides to the hospital, to editing advice, to play and party invites. She was my close friend for 45 years and will be greatly missed. With all her swimming and water aerobics, I thought for sure she'd outlive sad that cancer stole her from us.

Kathy Moulton

Posted at 12:33pm
Lovely Becky, I'm so sad to have lost my dear friend. It was much too soon for you to go. Your energy, sense of adventure, humor, and most of all your deep compassion for friends and family remain with all of us who were lucky enough to be part of your life.

Barbara and Rick

Posted at 08:16am
My beautiful sister Becky.....I miss you so much already ...I will see you in the stars.
Love, Barbara
Your smiles and smart wit will be forever missed, but not gone ; you'll always continue to make us smile when thinking of you.
Love, Rick

Lizabeth England

Posted at 10:34pm
In honor of Becky Fisher, an extraordinary woman - my friend. May you Rest In Peace, dear Becky.
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Cindy Schmidt-Cruz

Posted at 10:00pm
Becky and I met fifty years ago. It was spring 1969. We were sophomores at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both signed up to participate in Marquette University’s Junior Year Abroad program in Madrid. I guess we found out about each other when Marquette circulated a list of participants and I think it was Becky who contacted me. She came to my dorm room in Liz Waters and asked if I wanted to be roommates in Madrid. I agreed and it was the beginning of a long friendship.
That spring I took Becky to Wauwatosa to meet my family. My dad picked us up at the Badger bus station, and I misremembered her last name, introducing her to my dad as “Becky Vanderbilt” instead of “van der Hoogt.” Becky laughed and said, “I wish!”
We had a lot of adventures together in Spain and on a trip to Italy, though Becky was more adventurous when I was—she briefly dated our Spanish “brother.” (It would take me much longer to find my Spaniard.) I remember that our Spanish family would serve us wine with lunch. We weren’t used to drinking and it would make us giddy—we’d go back to our shared bedroom and laugh and laugh. I think our Spanish mother commented that we were very jolly.
After our junior year abroad, we coincided in Madison off and on for several years between our travels and had many more good times together. Becky was great at telling funny stories. The ones I remember most vividly were about how her dad, whose sense of humor Becky inherited, would play practical jokes on her mom, who was rather gullible.
Both of us spent time in South America during or after grad school—Becky went to Peru to teach English and I to Brazil to do grad studies. After finishing our respective studies in Madison, I got my first job, in Ohio State, and Becky moved to New York where she met David. I flew from Columbus to New York to attend their wedding.
Although we never lived in the same state after our years in Madison, we kept in touch. We got together in Madison when I passed through and Becky stayed with us in Delaware when she took a road trip out east with Kathy and Lucy in 2015. The last time Becky and I got together—for brunch in Lake Mills last June when I came to Milwaukee to visit my dad—Becky gave me a stack of letters I had sent her when I was in Brazil in the late 1970s. There were 23 in all. I was amazed that Becky had saved them and kept them in perfect condition. An indication of our friendship and Becky’s thoughtfulness (and meticulousness).
Becky was a true friend; I will miss her dearly but have wonderful memories of our times together.
My sincerest sympathies to the family. Cindy Schmidt-Cruz

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