The Life of Catherine Feeley Fischer

Catherine F. Fischer,96, passed away at home in Bel Air, MD. on 11-14-2022. She was born and raised in Baltimore, attended St. James Catholic School and graduated in 1944 from the Institute of Notre Dame.
    Her 2 brothers, Paul and John, and her sister, Maryanne, as well as her daughter, Lynn Leighton, preceded her in death. Surviving are her son Bruce Fischer and wife Angie, Karen Otto and husband Herb, son-in-law Bob Leighton and wife Beth, and Donna Hairfield and husband Frank. Catherine is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and many loving great-great grandchildren, and nieces, and nephews.
    After living in Chicago, she returned to Baltimore raising her 4 children in Loch Raven Village. With her faith as the touchstone of her life, Catherine took great joy in sending all 4 of her children to parochial school. She was employed as a payroll administrator for many years at Bendix until her retirement in her early 60's. During this time she attained her degree at Johns Hopkins University in Business Administration.
    Eventually settling in Delaware she was employed at Cape Pharmacy. Her sister Maryanne and she spent many years living together and they complimented each other in every way. Her life was a wonderful example of service to church and community. Many organizations and charities benefitted from her volunteer work and financial contributions. 
    Her Labor Day parties which often extended into Labor Day weekend gatherings, were legendary. That same hospitality was always apparent to anyone who came into her home.
    Growing up and throughout their lives, her children were aware that being an extraordinary mother was her gift to them. This special woman showed others how to live a blessed life and will be greatly missed. 
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory the the Veterans Hospice or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.


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I so enjoyed spending time with Mom-Mom. Some special times were going down to her house on Labor Day for the big family party! We looked forward to that every year. I also enjoyed playing pinochle at her place with her and Aunt Mary and when they would get their snacks out in the evening. Mom-Mom taught me a lot about how to be a strong, brave woman while also being so loving and kind. She was a devoted woman to her Catholic faith and to her family. I will miss her so much but thankful she is resting now peacefully with her very precious family. I pray God touches this special family with his love. I love you Mom-Mom. 

Posted by Melanie L on 11/16/2022

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I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Cass from my childhood forward! Her 4th of July parties were legendary too! She was such a wonderful person, who had a great heart, and wonderful faith. My mom used to tell stories of how she and Aunt Cass used to get sent away from the dinner table by my grandfather because the two of them would get the giggles. No one liked a good laugh more than Aunt Cass and my mom. Family was so important to her. She sure loved to play cards. Wherever three or more gathered, a game of pinochle was sure to follow! She will be missed.

Love, Diane & Steve 

Posted by Diane H on 11/17/2022


Always full of love; always full of faith. Mom-mom was one of the strongest and kindest people I know. Some of my first and favorite memories are of the spring rocking horse in her basement, the huge (chlorine) unground pool, and sleep overs with late night snacks. Then when she moved to the harbor, her beautiful home overlooking the water and playing cards. The labor day partirs in DE...and the first time I really realized how organized her closets were, and my first Manhattan. Our book club meetings, women's weekend, and Christmas are all memories I will cherish forever. Just a couple of months ago we spent two days together, and she had the patience to teach me pinochle. I am comforted knowing she is at peace in heaven; as my children tell me, is another angel watching over us.

Posted by Laura S on 11/20/2022


   I was blessed to have been able to spend time with Mom these past few years as her mobility declined as well as her health. I am thankful to my husband, Frank, for all his support.

   Throughout my childhood, I came to realize how selfless Mom was in caring for her children. She always thought of others first. We had many great vacations together even as we grew older.

   The last vacation was to Boone, North Carolina with Aunt Mary. We went on a trail to see a waterfall. We visited  an offbeat house called Mystery Hill which defied gravity. They enjoyed seeing this unique place. We drove to Grandfather Mountain on a cold, blustery day but this didn't stop them from exploring the area. Aunt Mary did more than one puzzle and ,of course, there was pinochle.

    This all happened not long ago in 2018!. Mom knew how to enjoy life by spending time with family. I will miss Mom every single day but know she is at peace.

  Love, Donna

Posted by Donna H on 11/21/2022


Growing up, Mom mom's house was the family gathering place for Thanksgiving. The spread was amazing with all kinds of food. I especially remember the table full of pies and desserts.  Sitting at the kiddie table meant sitting in the living room while the adults were in the dining room. After dinner was time to watch the Wizard of Oz in the club basement. Eating planters cheeseballs and drinking root beer in a chair stool at Uncle Joe's basement bar. Then playing games with the cousins before going home. It was too cold for swimming in the pool where other fond memories were made and which could forget the Marlin hanging on the basement wall. I will always cherish the memories made at Mom mom Fischer's house. 

Posted by Stephen F on 11/21/2022