KALONA - Ada Ruth Fisher was born August 8, 1921, in rural Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Henry B. and Minnie (Knepp) Brenneman. She graduated from Center High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College and Goshen College. On May 23, 1945, Ada married Waldo Fisher at the East Union Mennonite Church, they later divorced. She has lived in the Kalona community all of her life where she taught school, was a homemaker, and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital for 19 years. Ada was a member of the Kalona Mennonite Church, WMSC, Kountry Quilters and the Wellman Garden Club. She volunteered at the Pleasantview Home and Washington County Hospice. Ada passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona at the age of 98 years.
Ada is survived by her children: Elaine (Greg) Krehbiel of Moundridge, KS; Dennis (Joyce) Fisher of Denver, CO; Loren Fisher of Eureka, CA; Marge (James) Curtis of Berkeley, CA; Rosemary Fisher of Kalona; Wendell (Lynn) Fisher of Kalona; Fred Fisher of Sarasota, FL; Jerome (Beth) Fisher of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Canada; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a sister Lois Gugel of Kalona; and a brother James (Eunice) Brenneman of Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant grandson; 3 sisters: Blanche Brenneman, Irene Brenneman, Virginia Ryan; and 3 brothers: David, Daniel and Wallace Brenneman.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Kalona Mennonite Church. Rev. Scott Swartzendruber will officiate. Burial will be held prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. Visitation will be held from 3-7 PM on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for Kalona Mennonite Church and Iowa City Hospice.
Elaine and family; sending my sincere sympathy to your family and siblings at the passing of your mother. Our mom's were such great friends all of their lives; from Center School to the present!
God bless you all! Margaret Miller Williams
Ada was one of the most caring and kind people I have known. My life was enriched by knowing her. My thoughts are with all of her family and friends. Marsa Jordan
Dear Fisher family please accept my deepest sympathies to all of you and your families. I never had the chance to work with Ada at the University but I know her patients loved her. She had a warmth and kindness that could be felt by all who knew her at work.
I also have very fond memories of coming out to the farm. Ada was always welcoming to all who came to her home. She will be missed. God bless you Ada, Rest In Peace. Suzanne Shaffer
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