Karen Fisher White passed away June 17, 2016, at Samaritan Bethany while under the care of Seasons Hospice.
She was born in Forest City, Iowa, on July 9, 1933, the third child of Donald “Don” Wesley and Opal Julia (Rusley) Fisher. During World War II, the family moved to St. Paul, where Karen met many of her lifelong friends. After the war, Karen’s family moved to Rochester where Karen met many more sustaining friendships and graduated from Rochester High School in 1952. After her graduation, she attended Luther College.
On a trip to California with her grandmother (Mabel Fisher) to visit relatives, she met her future husband, Robert “Bob” Thomas White, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Air Force. They were married Aug. 28, 1955, and made their home in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. In the years to follow, the family moved back to Rochester, then to Golden Valley, Gaylord, and then returned to Rochester in 1977 where they resided until their passing.
Karen was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables and had multiple large gardens everywhere she lived. She was always an active member of her church: She sang in the choir, attended bible studies and belonged to circle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, of 56 years, her younger sister, Donna Fisher, her older brother, Delmar “Del” Fisher ‘50, her parents, Don and Opal Fisher, brother-in-law, Ronald “Ron,” and sister-in-law, Pauline “Polly” Swanson, of Cupertino, Calif.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dirk Thomas and Patricia “Trish” White, of Sitka, Alaska; daughter, Shelly Juliet White, of Madison, Wis.; her grandchildren, Taylor and Søren White, of Sitka, Alaska; her brother, Wilbur “Wil” Fisher ’59 (Mavis Lysaker), of Morehead; her godchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life service was held at at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 on July 10, 2016. Please direct memorial donations to Gloria Dei's Music program or Altar floral funds. She will be missed greatly by many friends, but most of all by her family.