Mary Jane Fister (Osborn) was born in Sandpoint, ID on July 11, 1928 and was the oldest of four siblings. She lived her early life across the West and Northwest of the United States in mining and logging camps including Coeur d'Alene, ID, Ouray, CO, and Amador, CA. During the Second World War, she lived in Sacramento, CA and volunteered as a civilian spotter for the west coast.
After the war, she moved with her mother and siblings to Pittsfield, MA, where she met Bertram Fister. They were married on August 11, 1953. From Pittsfield, they moved to Tucson, AZ, Savannah, GA, and finally settled in Cincinnati, OH in 1956.
Mary was committed to her family and her faith; baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith at St. James Church in 1955. She was heavily involved in supporting her local Catholic Church parishes, St. Francis in Lebanon, St. Elizabeth Seton in Milford and St. Gabriel in Glendale where she was a tutor, a substitute teacher and a part of the sewing group creating beautiful, one of a kind items.
Mary, an avid reader and passed along that love of reading to her children. She taught them to use their gifts and talents suporting them in games, plays, and recitals. She was known for her beautiful gardens one even being used in a poster about her town.
Mary and Bert's family includes their six children: Mike (Teresa), Bill (Nancy), Teri (Joe), Ceil (Mike), Tom (Rhonda), Jim (Mary); 12 Grandchildren: Allison (Don), Tom (Coral), Kasey (Aaron), Sara (Mason), John, Kate (Chris), Sam, Dan, James, Meg, Carly, Erin; 5 Great-Grandchildren: Ruby, Tech, Mac, Georgia and Blaise. Mary (the 'eternal mother') had an impact on them which is forever precious.
While her passing has left an immense hole in our hearts, Mary's ethic, guidance, strength, determination and love is an eternal comfort for not only her husband and family, but for all she ever met. She was a loving, caring, Wife, Mom and Gram and we are truly blessed to have had her in our lives.
A Celebration of Life will be 11:00AM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Gabriel Church 48 West Sharon Road, Glendale, OH 45246
Memorials can be made to St. Elizabeth Foundation Pastoral Care Department, Edgewood KY.