It is with profound sadness we share the news that Joe Fischer passed away last week at his home in Covington, Kentucky. Joe was a man of deep faith who was very dedicated to his home parish of St. Francis Seraph. Joe lived his faith with humility and compassion serving for over 30 years in the St. Francis Seraph Ministries Dining Room (formerly the Soup Kitchen) 3 days per week. Joe celebrated his 82nd birthday in December and he took great pride in being the longest-serving volunteer for St. Francis Seraph Ministries.
Born in Over-the-Rhine on Race Street, Joe was a graduate of Roger Bacon High School. He lived in the neighborhood most of his life until he left for the Navy in 1956. Upon his retirement Joe lived in a senior apartment complex in Covington but seldom missed a day at St. Francis Seraph Ministries. Up until 5 years ago, Joe walked from Covington to St. Francis Seraph Ministries in order to volunteer.
Joe loved serving in the Dining Room, especially washing dishes and helping with the setup and clean up for dinner. Last summer Joe expressed he was proud of the high level of service and dignity the Dining Room provides to its guests because it shows how St. Francis wanted people to be treated. Joe was quoted as saying, “Anyone can share themselves to help others. It doesn’t take money to help others….we are all poor.”
Visitation will be at St. Francis Seraph on 3/12/20 at 10:30 a.m. with the funeral being at 11:00 a.m.