Arwanna “Arnie” Fischer

Arwanna “Arnie” Fischer

July 13, 1926 – May 4, 2021

 Arwanna “Arnie” May (Rhine) Fischer, age 94, passed on May 4, 2021.  She is survived by 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, who made up the entirety of her world: Debbie Caughlin (Joe) of Omaha, Nebraska, Mike Fischer (Ann) of Omaha, Nebraska, Cathy Azzarello (Ron) of Florida; Tim Fischer of Omaha, Nebraska; Todd Fischer (Wendie) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Rick Fischer (Kris) of Omaha, Nebraska.

Besides her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Arnie is survived by her two sisters, Marie Sain of Lodgepole, Nebraska, and Thelma-Jean Ruley of Alabama.  Arnie is proceeded in death by her parents, Flora and Oscar Rhine; brothers, Ed Rhine and Mike Rhine; sisters, Charlotte Ruley and Dorothy Spots; by her husband, Max Fischer; son, Mark Fischer; and granddaughter, Heidi Fischer.

Arnie was born and raised in the Sidney, Nebraska area and upon graduating from high school, moved to Denver, Colorado to attend business school.  She eventually moved to Omaha, NE for work where she would meet a young firefighter at a dance.  Max and Arnie married on October 27, 1951.  The newlyweds were active in their faith and were long-time members of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  The couple would start two businesses: Max’s Body Shop, which is still in operation today; and The Hobby Nest.

Arnie’s passion for arts and crafts flourished in this business, teaching everything from oil painting to tole painting, needle point, bead design, faux-floral arrangements, ceramics, and quilting.  Her creativity and love for teaching lasted beyond the survival of the Hobby Nest and moved to Omaha Parks and Recreation’s Montclair Community Center to teach ceramic classes to kids and adults.  As she aged, she moved on to quilting full time, creating beautiful, personalized quilts for each of her children and grandchildren.

Her greatest joy was being able to see her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.  Arnie would light-up at the sight of their visits, always offering positive and encouraging sentiments.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines:  Friday, May 7th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel followed by the ROSARY at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, May 8th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific Street.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church or American Heart Association.

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  • Denise Bauer Posted May 5, 2021 12:59 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family and all who loved her. May memories of her bring you peace and comfort during this time of sadness.
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  • Marlene Novotny Posted May 5, 2021 2:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Deb and family. May the promise of everlasting life and the faith that you will be reunited one day in heaven bring you comfort at this difficult time. May your grief pass quickly and your happy memories last forever.

  • Pamela Ruley Staub Posted May 6, 2021 3:36 am

    My deepest condolences to the family at this most difficult time. Aunt Arwanna was always gracious and kind to me and my family. She and Uncle Max came to the Detroit area and invited Chris and me to meet them at their hotel. Our firstborn son was a toddler at the time. We had such a great time reminiscing with them about Nebraska and Colorado. She hugged me, placing a $20 in my pocket. At the time we were on such a tight budget and twenty dollars was a lot of money to us! Her laugh was contagious and if you closed your eyes, you’d think you were talking to Charlotte. As young children, I have memories of all the cousins at Aunt Arwanna and Uncle Max’s house. May God grant you great peace and comfort. Love Pam & Chris

  • Keith Ruley Posted May 6, 2021 5:43 am

    My deepest condolences to all of the family! With all my love Keith ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

  • Marjorie Shade Posted May 8, 2021 2:18 pm

    Fly high Arnie to the arms of God. So sorry for your loss as she was a wonderful, talented soul & I so enjoyed knowing her at Heritage Pointe. God hold your family tight.

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