Lillian's Story

BANGOR - Lillian B. (Kurklet) Fisher, age 96, died peacefully at her home in Bangor, Fri, Feb. 27, 2015. She was born April 17, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Pranas (Frank) and Anna (Kolpak) Kurklietis. She was the granddaughter of Antanas and Ona (Araminaite) Kurklietis and Felix and Veronica Kolpak of Lithuania. Her parents had immigrated at a young age from the Russian occupied Lithuania, seeking a better life for themselves in America.

She was a 1935 honors graduate of Chicago's Morgan Park High School and a member of the Tau Epsilon Honor Society. She won a scholarship and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She married Frederick Victor Fisher in Chicago on June 14th 1940. During World War II she contributed to the war effort as an employee of Johnson & Johnson Co., making canvas bags for soldiers to carry gas masks. She was a long-time hospital volunteer, serving 12 years at Little Company of Mary, Evergreen Park, Illinois, 10 years at Doctors Hospital, Dallas, TX, and 1 year at St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth P. Fisher and wife, Carol B. (Smith) Fisher, of Camden; and Donald F. Fisher and wife, Lilly (Barbaro) Fisher, of Rockwall, TX and cousin, Sylvia (Kolpak) Tadin, of Sarasota, FL. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Fred V. Fisher and her step-sister, Stella (Sharkus) Ganz.

Her family would like to thank Donna Gormley and Sarah Jernigan, of Loving Touch in-home care of Bangor and the staff of Longrale Apts for enabling her to stay in her home for many years and New Hope Hospice of Eddington, for helping her end her life with dignity.

Interment will be at the Lithuanian National Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.
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