Paula Fischer

April 27, 1931 ‒ May 06, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Paula Fischer was clothed in strength and dignity (v25). She watched over the affairs of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness (v27). Like the Wife of Noble Character described in Proverbs 31, Paula provided for (v14) and cared for (v20) all those around her. Her daughters arose and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (v28).

A woman worth far more than rubies, Paula entered into the Lord’s presence Saturday morning May 6, 2017 from her Mansfield home. She was 86.

Born Paula Pfister April 27, 1931 in Yugoslavia to Jakob and Cornelia (Teschner) Pfister, she met a young man in Stuttgart, Germany in the best possible place: at church. And on November 25, 1955 she and Stefan Fischer were married. Having experienced WWII, and facing the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Paula and Stefan made the choice to join her sister in Mansfield: a decision that impacted generations of their family with blessings.

Remembered for her beautiful smile, Paula is described as a “nester and nurturer.” She loved her daughters (and when sons-in-law came along, she loved them more!), and doted on her family – attending their every need.

Paula spoke a love language of baking and cooking from her kitchen. Strudel was translated “I love you”; brisket, spaetzle and goulash all meant “I really love you”; and her big family meals (including her killer sauerkraut) translated “come here, I love you!”

She worked nearly 20 years at Therm-O-Disc and forged dear friendships with co-workers – baking for their birthdays and celebrations. She was a genuine “people person.”

Paula was a member of Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road.

The family that she held so dear includes her husband Stefan; their daughters Esther Mueller of Mansfield and Judy (Frank) Weinhardt of Binbrook, ON; grandchildren Zachary (Shirley) Mueller of Lexington, Abby (Loren) Gordner of Joliet, IL, Eric (Monika) Weinhardt of Port Charlotte, FL, Daryl (Amy) Weinhardt of Binbrook and Cody Weinhardt of Binbrook; great grandchildren Ezra, Zander, Harper, Arowyn, Jillian, Cole, Madalyn, Konrad and two on the way; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Paul Mueller; a sister Helie Bach; and brothers Ludwig, Ferdi, Rudi and Hans Pfister.

The Fischer family will receive friends Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 10 am to Noon in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will immediately follow at Noon. Eric Weingartner will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paula’s memory to Apostolic Christian Church may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Dearest Esther, Zach, Abby and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as this parting is now reality. I may not have known your mother and grandmother but my grandma and uncle Larry knew them and now they all rejoice together in heaven above along with your dear husband and father. Now we all have more to go to heaven for than we had yesterday. May you all know the embrace of grace through comfort of the Holy Spirit.