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Vila Fischer, 76


Vila Fischer (Tisket) of St. Joseph, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, after an extended battle with cancer. She was 76.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in St. Joseph, with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel; a Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., and family will receive friends following the Rosary until 9 p.m.

Vila was born May 10, 1937, to Albert and Rose Logeais in Litchfield. She graduated from Eden Valley. She later moved to St. Joseph, Mo., and married Dave Welter; he preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1995. In October 2008, she
W-Vila-J.-Tisket-Fischermet her best friend and husband-to-be, Thomas Fischer. Together, they traveled 41 states including Hawaii, and visited Ireland as well. Most of all, she loved to winter in Laferio, Texas. They were married Oct. 6, 2012, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Vila worked various jobs at Whitaker Cable, Quaker Oats, and St. Joseph School District, Lindbergh School, where she was a baker and cook for more than 13 years. Some of her favorite foods were pumpkin pie from scratch, and bread pudding.

She will be remembered for her magnificent sense of humor, intelligence, strength of character, unlimited generosity, and her devotion to family and friends. She loved her family, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Vila was preceded in death by husband Dave Welter, brother Rich Logeais, and special son Daniel J. Gross in December 2012.

She is survived by her husband Thomas L. Fischer of St. Joseph, Mo.; son Lee "Joe" (and Yong) Gross of Waynesville, Mo., and daughter Lisa Lynn Logeais of Blue Springs, Mo.; step-sons Denny, John and Doyle Welter, Thomas J. and Robert A. Fischer, all of St. Joseph; step-daughters Terri Fitzwilson of Tulsa, Okla., Vicky Durham of Killeen, Texas, Sandy Boyles and Jennifer Humbert, both of St. Joseph; brothers Bob Logeais of Eden Valley, and Don Logeais of Alexander, Va.; aunts Vioka Loch of South Haven, Josephine Bachinski of New Prague, and Violet Elliott of Beach Grove, Ind. Vila had 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Her five very special friends were Shirley Yunk of Eden Valley, and Connie Norris, Shirley Grable, Nellie Idler, and Penny George all of St. Joseph.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Hands of Hope Hospice.