Lydia Charlotte Elisabeth Hartmann Fischer, age 92, passed away on September 15, 2021.
Lydia was born on January 3, 1929, to the late Rudolf Hartmann and Elisabeth Lamfried Hartmann Mowes, in Berlin, Germany.
Lydia Fischer, known to all as "Oma," managed to survive the hardships of WWII. Separated from her parents for some time, she fled the bombings in Berlin, where she lived with her grandparents and went to school in Austria for a year until she could be reunited with her father in Poland. After the war, she made her way to Hamburg, Germany, where she would start a new life when she met her future husband, Ewald Fischer, later known as Opa. They were married in a civil ceremony December 6, 1949, which allowed them to apply for an apartment. Once a home was available, they were married again in a church service on August 6, 1950, and began what would be sixty-one years of marriage.
Wolfgang was born in 1951 and Karin in 1954 in Hamburg, but to bring a better life to their children, they immigrated to the United States in 1956. After a few years, they settled in New Jersey, where Opa spent the rest of his career designing Interstate 295, running from Delaware to New York through New Jersey.
Oma worked as a grocery cashier for many years but also spent time cooking and baking cakes for neighbors and others. They were fortunate enough to have the ability to travel and made numerous trips back to Germany to visit family and friends. They also often traveled to Canada to visit her brother, Horst Hartmann, and his family in St. Catherine's Ontario. During a difficult time in her brother's life, due to the death of his wife, Oma brought his daughters Elke Hartmann and Marion Hartmann to come live with her family in New Jersey. She loved and raised those girls like her own children.
Once retired, they moved to Georgia in 1987, where Oma would spend her days cooking and making some of her favorite foods, such as potato salad or potato pancakes, apple cake and cherry tarts. All the while, Opa would always plan their next adventure.
Oma enjoyed meeting people, no one was ever a stranger. She enjoyed laughing, singing and dancing, holiday meals and Sunday dinners with family. Her life was full. She loved the Lord and was thankful for His grace, protection and blessings all throughout her life.
Along with her parents, Oma is preceded in death by her late husband, Ewald Kurt Fischer, and brother, Horst Hartmann. She is survived by her son, Wolfgang (Tracy) Fischer; daughter, Karin (Edward) Ruzumna; Nathan Ruzumna, Robert (Deborah) Chernosky, Emily Ruzumna, Alexandra (Jeremy) Bell, Kristoffer (Mandy) Fischer, and Gregory (Tally) Fischer; great-grandchildren, Kaleb Chernosky, Joshua Chernosky, Kiarii Bell, Elena (Johnny) Jackson, Kaitlyn Fischer, and Connor Kriebel; great-great-grandchild, Travis Jackson; and extended family members and friends to cherish her memory.
A memorial service to honor Mrs. Lydia Fischer will be held at a later date.
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