Ruth F. Fisher, 89, longtime resident of Great Neck died peacefully at home on Aug. 23.
Born in Tamaqua, PA, and educated in Great Neck public schools, she was a member of the St. Aloysius parish.
Survivors include her sister, Jule A. Kline of Norwalk, CT, two nieces and two nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Edward F. Fisher, sister Helen L. Thiel and nephew Robert P. Thiel.
Ruth was an active member of the North Hempstead Unit of the American Cancer Society. At a luncheon she hosted, she met astrologist Jean Dixon, who predicted that Ruth would start her own organization. And she did.
With the support of friends from the American Cancer Society, Ruth founded Cancer Volunteers of America (CVA). It was with the financial support of her husband, Ed, coupled with the help from celebrities and politicians, that CVA’s membership grew.
Later, Ruth established The Ruth Fisher Cancer Scholarship fund for students who volunteered their services to CVA. Each year, one graduating senior received a scholarship award.
Ruth’s service to her community was far-reaching. She organized the Ladies of Charity for Sisters of Mercy and Other Religious Orders—Ladies of Charity of the Diocese of New York—and the Rosary Society of St. Aloysius Church.
A special prayer service was held on Friday, Aug. 26, by close friend Sister Francis M. Sheridan. Internment followed at Flushing Cemetery under the direction of the Fairchild Sons, Inc.
A donation to the charity of choice in memory of Ruth F. Fisher is greatly appreciated.