Melba Jean “Jeanie” Fischer

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Melba Jean “Jeanie” Fischer, 88, of Concordia, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Care Community in Concordia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Pottschmidt officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers are Roger Fuchs, Larry Fischer, Gary Meyers, Russell Bredehoeft, Larry Meineka and Kevin Brackman. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Friends may sign the online register book at
Born Aug. 5, 1929, in Concordia, Melba Jean was the daughter of the late Otto H. Marth and Ella Fricke Marth. She lived in Concordia her entire life and was a 1947 graduate of Concordia High School. On June 11, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, she married Roland “Shorty” Fischer, who preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 2003. She had worked at various factories through the years, and then in 1966 she and her husband owned and operated Favorite Cafe and later the Western Auto until their retirement in 1988.
Melba Jean was active in community service work through organizing recycling, collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (collecting over 1.2 million tabs), as well as saving coupons and UPC seals for refunds for the organizations involved in that program.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, its Ladies Aid #3, Braille Ministry, former member of the senior choir, served on the older adult ministry, and collected stamps for missions. She was also a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 5649 and American Legion Auxiliary Post 258, and helped with the Concordia Veteran’s Brick Walkway.
Survivors include one niece, Sara Jane Dietmeyer and husband Mike of Henderson, Nev., as well as nieces and nephews from Roland’s side of the family.
In addition to her parents and husband Shorty, Melba Jean was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Riesterer and Erleen Schlapper.