2017-07-20 / Obituaries

Josephine Tischer


Josephine Tischer Josephine Tischer Josephine Ruth Tischer, 98, of Drummond Island, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017.

She was born August 17, 1918, to John and Ruth (nee McConnell) McGonigal in Bath.

Mrs. Tischer grew up in Bath, where at the age of eight, she was one of the survivors when 38 school children and seven adults perished in a series of intentionally set explosions at the school. She was not in school that day, but was there to witness the aftermath as she went with her mother to find her older brothers. Her brothers survived, but her elementary classmates did not, and Mrs. Tischer never forgot that day. After she was graduated from high school, she attended comtometer (an early mechanical calculator) school, and then went to work for Fisher Body in their office.

It was while she was employed at Fisher that she met her future husband, Hollis Tischer. They were married in August 1941, and moved to Drummond Island in 1944, after her husband’s doctor advised him to get out in the air rather than work in the automotive plant. Mrs. Tischer worked in the office for the dolomite quarry, which was located in DeTour at the time, and then was employed as a bookkeeper at Sune’s on Drummond Island, before working at Drummond Island Yacht Haven for 40 years.

In addition to working and rearing three sons, Mrs. Tischer was active in the community. She joined St. Florence Catholic Church and quickly became involved in bazaars, hunters dinners, and Guild. She also served on the parish council. She joined the Homemakers, where she held every office except that of president. She served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and was on the school board for a long time.

Mrs. Tischer knew how to have fun, family members said. She golfed in both the Drummond and The Rock leagues, where she was known for her fantastic chip shots and deadeye putts. She was also a member of the women’s bowling league. She enjoyed snowmobiling and went on several rides for charity. She was a great cook and a wonderful and prolific quilter. She made and donated quilts to the Drummond Island Medical Center fundraiser for many years, as well as many other worthy causes.

She is survived by two sons and their families, Blaine and Karen Tischer and Tim Tischer, both of Drummond Island; two grandchildren and their families, Blaine Joseph and Gail Tischer and Amy and Bill Moser, and five greatgrandchildren, Jonathan, Dakota, Holly, Kendall, and Drew.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Tischer was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis; a son, Patrick Alton Tischer, and two brothers, Ray McGonigal and Chester Mc- Gonigal.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. at St. Florence Catholic Church on Drummond Island. Visitation was from noon to time of the service at the church.

Burial was in Drummond Island Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Parent Volunteer Group, c/o Drummond Island Elementary School, 33800 South Townline Road, Drummond Island, MI 49726 or Drummond Island Ladies Golf League, c/o Drummond Island Golf Club, 29901 East Fairchild Lane, Drummond Island, MI 49726.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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