Obituary for Charles von Fischer

Charles Edward von Fischer was born July 22, 1940 to Frederick A. and Martha M. (Bauch) von Fischer in Springfield, MN. He was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. William von Fischer and confirmed by his uncle Rev. Max von Fischer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. An Eagle Scout in high school, Charles went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he sang in The St. Olaf Choir and graduated in 1962. From a young age, Charles felt called to the ministry, and after college he attended Luther Seminary, graduating in 1966. After an internship in Detroit, […]

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Charles Edward von Fischer was born July 22, 1940 to Frederick A. and Martha M. (Bauch) von Fischer in Springfield, MN. He was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. William von Fischer and confirmed by his uncle Rev. Max von Fischer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. An Eagle Scout in high school, Charles went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he sang in The St. Olaf Choir and graduated in 1962.

From a young age, Charles felt called to the ministry, and after college he attended Luther Seminary, graduating in 1966. After an internship in Detroit, Charles took his first call at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. There he met Kathleen Jean Johnson, whom he married on October 5, 1968. In 1971, the couple moved to Lakeville, MN where Charles accepted a call at Christiania Lutheran Church. Charles served as solo pastor and then senior pastor at Christiania until his retirement in 2007. He was awarded the title of Pastor Emeritus of Christiania Lutheran Church in honor of his 36 years of devoted service there.

Charles faithfully shepherded his Christiania community through both adversity and prosperity. Sustained growth in membership necessitated two additions to the church building, which he oversaw. He also helped the church recover from an arsonist’s fire. Under his guidance, the church staff increased to include an associate pastor position and specialists in education, music, and youth. With weddings, funerals, hospital visits and Sunday church services, he quietly and gracefully served the Christiania community. His ministry was one of caring and gentleness, brought to each person as individuals, moved by the profound themes of love, hope and peace.

Chuck cherished and nurtured relationships. He was a dedicated servant leader, a singularly devoted husband, an unconditionally positive father, a dear little brother, a caring uncle, brother-like cousin, a treasured grandfather, and a prized friend. He enjoyed caring for the life in his yard, and fishing in Ely and Florida. Chuck was an avid Twins, Vikings and Lynx fan who never lost hope.

Survivors include his two sons: Joseph and wife Colleen Webb of Ft. Collins, CO, Paul and wife Mari of Brookings, SD; six grandchildren: Isaac, Josephine, Summer, William, Peter and Theodore; two siblings: Anne Pierson and husband James of Brainerd and Fred and wife Ardis of Lakeville. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathy, his parents, and his brother Robert.

Chuck passed away, with his sons by his side, on Wednesday morning, December 27, 2017 at the University of Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, at the age of 77.

Funeral 2:00pm Saturday, December 30 at Christiania Lutheran Church 26691 Pillsbury Ave, Lakeville. Visitation 4-7pm Friday at the church and one hour prior.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

December 30, 2017 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Christiania Lutheran Church - Lakeville
26691 Pillsbury Ave Lakeville, 55044 Get Directions

Visitation

December 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Christiania Lutheran Church Lakeville
26691 Pillsbury Ave Lakeville, 55044 Get Directions

15 Comments

  1. Jackie & Daron DuLac

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the von Fischer family. Chuck will be missed dearly and his ministry will be remembered forever. May the peace of the Lord surround you as you recall the many cherished memories of Chuck. Sending love, hope, and peace to all of you during this time of sorrow.

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  2. Mark Ostgarden

    Pastor Chuck had such patience with me as an intern. We served together for about 4 years, and he was a friend and a caring example of what a pastor should be. I tried to follow his example of faithful ministry,but failed in comparison. I loved this good man.

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  3. Katrina (Ruh) Hammer

    I am so thankful that Pastor Von Fischer was such a positive role model in my life and faith. He was there for all the big moments, baptism, confirmation, grief in loss and celebration in marriage. He has been such a friend to our family, always keeping up to date on our happenings, greeting everyone with a smile. I will treasure the memories I have of him and how cared for and comforted I always felt whenever we visited together. He went out of his way to see my grandpa whenever he was sick, helped guide my grandma in her passing and reassured us when we lost my mom. I’m so glad I got to visit with him over Thanksgiving, I will always remember him fondly and hope that he is at peace. Love and prayers to you and your family.

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  4. Gayle Slette

    My Sympathies for the families. Remembering him so well & all that he did for the church & community. May he rest in peace. God’s Blessing
    Gayle Slette

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  5. Kathy Carlson

    Pastor Von Fischer will be remembered by my daughter and myself, as the most compassionate, thoughtful, best conversationist ever. He is the sole reason we joined Christiania. God bless his family. We feel privileged to have known this fine man.

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  6. Roberta (Koop) Green

    Thinking of you and your families with sympathy and caring. Chuck was a tremendous friend throughout high school.
    We took time at the last class reunion to visit with each other. Son Paul had taught in our community for awhile. So we had an enjoyable discussion of our journey through life.

    Your love holds the memories that will live on forever.

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  7. Dale and Deb A

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of pastor Chuck. We met him 4 years ago at his home Florida. He was a great person and did truly love to have his yard look nice, the Minnesota twins and fishing. Every year he planted new shrubs so he could see the flowers in bloom. The last few years we helped him weed and remulch his flower beds and he was so appreciative that he shared some of his fish catching with us. He sure will be missed in Florida. Our deepest sympathy.

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  8. Pam Swedin Lugo

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Pastor find Fisher was a warm caring man. My mother Lewis loved him dearly and feel so bad that she can’t be at the funeral but she is in assisted-living. We remember you fondly and every time we came to visit from Colorado you greeted us warmly. Thank you for your warm caring wonderful service to all the people that you cared about. Our sympathies to the family.

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    • Pam Lugo

      Previous corrections Pastor Von Fischer Mother Lois not Lewis

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  9. Lora Lee Timm-Knuth

    “Chuck” or as my mother referred to him “Chuckie” would warm anyone’s heart. He was a gentle caring man who answered God’s calling to be a minister . His smile was infectious and heart warming. I am SO sorry I am not able to attend his funeral. My Parkinson’s, and winter, limit my driving. To the family know I am thinking of all of you and I’m sending a big hug and God’s peace.

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  10. Kelly Thomas

    Pastor Von Fischer has a special place in my heart. I was in Elementary school when we joined Christinia Church. This is when I started learning from him. He taught my confirmation class, confirmed me, performed my Wedding ceremony, baptized all 3 of my Children, and the list goes on …
    Pastor Von Fischer has always been an example, an inspiration, and a light for me. Thank you to his family for sharing him. I am praying for you all.

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  11. Rodney & Luisa Timm

    To the vonFischer Family. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family of Chuck and all of the vonFischer Family. So many memories come to mind growing up in our little Farm Village of Springfield, stopping by to visit with Fred and Martha (and the kids), stopping in to just say Hello to Fred and Phil at the Rexall Drug Store. The visit’s of the Family to the Farm, and the many Dinner’s and Celebrations (Birthdays, Confirmations, Graduations, Holidays etc.) held on the Farm with the Timm Family and the vonFischer Family. Relatively speaking, seems only like yesterday. Chuck will always be remembered in my Heart, as a Kind and Generous Man. May God continue to bestow his Blessings on His Family, and to all that He touched throughout his Life. Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers go out to you.

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  12. Paul and Jo Muske

    Our sympathy to the entire VonFischer family. Very sad to read of Chuck’s passing. Fred and Martha were so special to us, and it was such a blessing to get to know Chuck. We have been privileged to know many Von Fischers, beginning with Pastor Max and Pauline who were dear friends of Paul’s folks in the’50s. Thinking of you all as you gather as a great crowd of witnesses to remember and mourn Chuck.

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  13. Marcia (Engelstad) Ehorn

    So sorry that I missed the notice of Pastor von Fischer’s death last month. He was a treasured associate of my Dad’s at Christ the King, when I was still living at home and attending there. He remained a lifelong friend of our family. My classmates from Bloomington will remember his amazing Luther League meetings and retreats, his love of Simon and Garfunkel, and his black GTO. He was gentle and kind, and in exactly the right profession. Rest in peace dear soul.

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  14. Greg VanderVorste

    My wife Beverly & I sat next to him at the Twins Spring Training Games. We have missed him, so I just did a search to learn of his passing away.
    We always looked forward to the games because Chuck always knew all the players – even the non-roster players.
    Another Pastor friend our ours also passed away in the last couple years & he said it best: “I have finally graduated to the Senior Class”.
    We are all better for having know Chuck.
    Our Best Regards to his family.

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