Sandra Jean Fischer
FISCHER WINSTON-SALEM - Sandra Jean Fischer, age 66, died December 18, 2008, at her home in Winston-Salem NC, after a brief battle with cancer. She maintained her unique sense of humor until the very end. Born in Hannibal, MO, on March 2, 1942, Sandy spent her entire professional career in vocations which helped others, physically, psychologically, or emotionally: first, as a registered nurse, then, as a drug and alcohol counselor, and finally, as a wellness coordinator for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Despite struggling at times as a single mother, raising two daughters with little assistance, she managed to focus her work on the service of others. She helped people kick drug and alcohol addictions, counseled battered women, worked with underprivileged children, and helped hundreds of U.S. Military personnel overcome various addictions which threatened to derail their military careers and personal lives. She inspired us, and we will miss her. Sandy left Hannibal immediately after high school, and lived in St. Louis, Dallas, Jacksonville, Florida, Maryland, and finally Winston-Salem. She was a world traveler, and spent more than four years at the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and three years working in Washington, D.C. While working as a civilian wellness coordinator for the U.S. Navy, she was awarded a Civilian of the Year Award in 199_, and was given a Meritorious Civilian Service award by the Navy in 1994. Everywhere she went, the bar was raised, as her commitment, work ethic, and consideration influenced those around her. As anyone who knew her can attest, Sandy had an eccentric sense of humor, which she passed along to her daughters. She was able to laugh at herself, and others, and this helped her get through difficult times. Sandy leaves behind two daughters, Robin Hollis, of Winston-Salem, and Dana Stebler, of Austin, Texas, their husbands, Tom Hollis and Scott Stebler, and four grandchildren, Sophia Hollis, Shelby Stebler, Henry Hollis, and Nathan Stebler. Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Sohn, in 2005, and her father, Henry Sohn, whose death in 1973 left a lasting impact on her life. No formal services are planned. Sandy asked that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Arts Based Elementary School, 1380 N. Martin Luther King, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, where her daughter Robin serves as the principal.
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 12/28/2008