Fredericksburg mourns the loss of a beloved member of its community, Lori A. Fischer, who passed away on Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Hershey Medical Center. She was 61 years old. Lori was the cherished wife of Samuel J. Fischer, and they had recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on November 18th.

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Born on March 31, 1962, in Frackville, Lori was the daughter of Roy and Shirley Lowthert Mengel of Frackville. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, positive attitude, and friendly disposition. Lori found immense joy in being a parent and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her love and selflessness extended to her church, The Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church, where she devoted her time to helping with children’s and women’s ministries. Throughout her life, Lori’s faith in Jesus served as a guiding light, especially during her battle with B-Cell Lymphoma in recent years.

Lori embarked on her career as a teacher in 1991 at Lower Dauphin School District, where she dedicated 20 years to shaping young minds. She took a break from teaching to raise her boys and contribute to Children’s Ministry at her church. As part of her ministry, Lori actively supported the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. In a remarkable endeavor, she joined a group of 14 women who raised funds and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Once her boys entered elementary school, Lori returned to Lower Dauphin as a 7th-grade science teacher while continuing to volunteer in Children’s Ministry. Before her marriage and teaching career, Lori worked as a Research Technician at The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

During her free time, Lori found solace and happiness in various activities. She enjoyed exploring new places, knitting, playing board games, bird watching, photography, camping, listening to music, participating in Bible studies, and, above all, spending quality time with her family and friends. These hobbies brought her immense joy and enriched her life.

Lori leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her. In addition to her husband and parents, Lori is survived by her sons Caleb J. Fischer and Seth J. Fischer of Fredericksburg, stepson Matt (Jimmy Moonwalker) Fischer of Fredericksburg, and sister Lisa M. Dower, wife of Mike J. Dower of Wyomissing.

A memorial service honoring Lori’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at the Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church, located at 600 Shepherd St., Jonestown. Following the service, there will be an opportunity for visitation with the family. The interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family at the Oddfellow’s Cemetery in Frackville.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to AFCA (American Foundation for Children with AIDS), located at 1520 Greening Ln, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This heartfelt gesture will honor Lori’s commitment to supporting children in need.

As the community comes together to celebrate the life of Lori A. Fischer, let us remember her as an embodiment of love, faith, and service. May her legacy inspire us to live each day with compassion, kindness, and a genuine devotion to those around us. Rest in peace, dear Lori, knowing that your impact on the lives you touched will endure for generations to come.

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