John Fischer


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Avenue
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
(609) 924-0242


10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monday, August 30, 2021
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
407 Nassau St
Princeton, New Jersey, United States


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Monday, August 30, 2021
Highland Cemetery
95 Hopewell Wertsville Rd
Hopewell, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of John Theodore Fischer

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John Theodore Fischer, age 92, of Princeton died peacefully on August 22, surrounded by his loving family.  He had suffered complications from Parkinson’s Disease. 

John was the son of Dr. Theodore and Eleanora Marie Koestering Fischer and was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1928.

John grew up in South-Eastern Missouri and loved attending school.  His early education was at a parochial school in Altenburg, and he attended Perryville High School where he graduated as valedictorian of his class.  He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.  For his sabbatical year he spent his time studying abroad at the Imperial College of Science in London, England.

John was employed for many years as a research engineer in consumer electronics at RCA Laboratories (later David Sarnoff Research Center of General Electric) in Princeton, NJ.  He loved problem solving, woodworking, building things, splitting firewood and annual trips with his family to the Maine seacoast.

John was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton, NJ, having joined the church when he and Esther came to Princeton in 1952.  Over the years he served the church in many roles including Sunday school teacher, Church Treasurer, and member of the Board of Elders.  John also served on several call committees.

John was pre-deceased by his parents and his two brothers, Frederick E. and Richard A. Fischer.  John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther, his daughter Elizabeth Kay Fisher, his son John II, son and daughter-in-law James Andrew (Sandra Anne) and granddaughter Katherine Alida Fisher.  He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Allen, his stepsister Kathryn Miesner and sister-in-law Jeanette Fischer, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton.  The funeral will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 10:30 am.  The burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Greenwood Ave (95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road), Hopewell following the service.

Donations in John’s honor may be made to:

The Lutheran Church of the Messiah                                     

407 Nassau Street           

Princeton, NJ  08540                                                                  


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New York, NY  10009

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