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Obituary for Kathleen Mary Fischer

EAST FISHKILL – On Sunday, May 21, 2023, Kathleen Mary Fischer, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away peacefully at home.

She was born in Queens on August 19, 1954 to the late Thomas and Grace (Curtis) Paulsen and grew up in Levittown. Kathy was a passionate person who embraced life to the fullest. She enjoyed spending summers in her 20’s in The Hamptons where she met the love of her life, Richard, who survives her. She relocated to East Fishkill where they were married in 1984 at the Hopewell Reformed Church and they built a beautiful home and life for their sons. Upon her relocation to East Fishkill, Kathy began her career at Medicus Immediate & Occupational Health Services in the business office and eventually became promoted as the Chief Operating Officer.

As a gracious and deeply caring person, she was an active volunteer and board member for Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls where she met so many wonderful friends. She enjoyed vacationing in the Caribbean, Europe and the US. The Hamptons and Montauk continued to hold a special place in her heart where her entire family gathers every summer. She enjoyed cooking for everyone, planning and photographing special gatherings as well as attending countless live concerts with friends and family.

In addition to her husband, Kathy cherished and is survived by her sons, Andrew Fischer and his wife Stephanie of Midland, MI and Jeremy Fischer of Phoenix, AZ. She will be missed by her grandchildren, John (Chandler) Fischer and Steven Fischer of Midland, MI, Benjamin Fischer and Samantha Fischer of Phoenix, AZ and her great granddaughter Charley Kathleen Fischer; her brother, Thomas Paulsen; her sisters, Margaret (John) Sullivan and Mary (Ralph) Celentani; her brother-in-law, Robert (Dawn) Fischer and sisters-in-law, Donna Paulsen and Francine Fischer. She will be remembered as a dear aunt to her many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brother, Timothy Paulsen; her brother-in-law, Hans Fischer; her sister-in-law, Carol Paulsen and her father and mother-in-law, Hans and Toos Fischer.

A Funeral Mass will be held in her honor on Friday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Kateri Church, 1925 Route 82, Lagrangeville.

In lieu of flowers, donations are deeply appreciated in Kathleen’s memory to Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls, C/O Zion Episcopal Church, 12 Satterlee Place, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 or Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 80 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12691. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.

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