Obituary for Marianne Hagerty Fisher
Marianne Hagerty Fisher, 79, of Acton, died on March 12th at Emerson Hospital in Concord. She was the beloved wife of 49 years to the late Eldon Martin Fisher who died in 2014.
Mrs. Fisher was born in Boston, daughter of the late Edmund James and Mary Walsh Hagerty. She was raised in Roslindale, Massachusetts, and attended high school at Ursuline Academy in Boston’s Back Bay. She also danced at the Viola K. Breiding School of Dance. Mrs. Fisher earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1959 from Boston College. She taught 4th and 5th grade at Norwood Public Schools before raising her two daughters full time. She also volunteered as a Boston By Foot docent after completing their training program, leading walking tours about the history and architecture of Boston. In 1986 she began working in Public Relations at the Digital Equipment Corporation until her retirement in 2000.
She and her husband loved music and were longtime subscribers to the Boston Philharmonic. Mrs. Fisher fostered a love of history in her children by introducing them to the rich historical heritage of the Northeast, frequently visiting historic houses and other sites. She was also a member of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Mrs. Fisher was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan. She very much enjoyed watching and discussing the Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins.
In her retirement, Mrs. Fisher did extensive genealogical research that included fact finding trips to Ireland, Canada, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She also attended numerous seminars around the country, in addition to attending local meetings. She was fascinated with learning about history through the stories and records of her family and that of her husband. She frequented the Acton Senior Center, taking advantage of lectures, art classes and exercise classes, as well as meeting with old and new friends. She was an active and longtime member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Acton. She enjoyed deepening her faith through Bible Study at St. Elizabeth’s. She has resided in Acton since 1966, and was a member of the Acton Women’s Club for a number of years.
Mrs. Fisher developed a love for travel early, travelling to Europe as a young woman, and then later with her husband and daughters. Favorite destinations included England, the former Soviet Union, Ireland, Italy, and a river cruise along the Danube in Central Europe. In addition to frequent trips to visit her children in New York and Maryland, she also enjoyed family vacations on Cape Cod.
Mrs. Fisher is survived by her two loving daughters, Eileen Fisher and husband Harvey Valentine of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Julie Fisher of Brooklyn, New York. She is also survived by her three adoring grandchildren, granddaughter Kate Valentine and grandsons Billy and Shea Valentine.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Monday, March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton. The services will begin with the Reception Rite at the church entrance at 6:00pm followed by the Vigil Liturgy, with visiting to follow until 8:00pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 21st at 10am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Road, Acton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Fisher's name to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.