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11/06/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Rose Minkoff Fisher

Rose Minkoff Fisher
(d. 04 Nov 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.   Rose Minkoff Fisher, mother of Ellen Fisher Petko of VA,   Joel Fisher ('66) of CA, and Jerry Fisher ('68) of DC, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the age of 84.  May her memory be for a blessing always.

From The Daily Press - 11/06/10:

     Rose Minkoff Fisher  

NEWPORT NEWS - Rose M. Fisher, 84, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.

She was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and had been a resident of Newport News for more than 41 years.

Mrs. Fisher was employed as a bookkeeper with Gately Communications at the time of her death and was a former employee of Hampton Roads Eye Associates. She was a graduate of RPI College in Richmond, where she was an art major and she was a member of Rodef Sholom Temple.



Survivors include one daughter, Ellen Petko and her husband, David of Newport News; two sons, Joel Fisher of California, and Gerald Fisher of Washington, D.C.; one sister, Frances Moliken and her husband, Al of Newport News; one brother, Saul Minkoff and his wife, Dot of Florida; one granddaughter, Sarah Petko, who was the light of her life; and one grandson, Mark Petko, who was the love of her life.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, officiated by Canter Sarah Pscheidt.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the , 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606 or to the , PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from November 6 to November 7, 2010.
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November 06, 2010

Dear Ellen and Family:

We are saddened at the passing of your dear Mother, Rose Fisher, and will remember her for her faithful service, warm friendship, and sense of humor. May God grant you His mercy and give you peace.

With love,
Lamar & Harriet Jolly
Karen Jolly Kopp
Lynne Jolly Sheppard
Melissa Jolly Conner

November 06, 2010

  I will miss you, Ma. Thanks for being my other mother.
I will love you forever.

November 06, 2010

Ellen & Family: We were so blessed to have known Rose. We first met her when she moved into her condo and we were helping David. She always made a point to talk to us over the years. Our thoughts are with you.

~ Hilda & Royster Myatt

November 06, 2010

 From the Neighborhood Buddies - Shirley, Lillian, Donna, Coco, Donnel, and of course Mindy and David (Ellen, I was only a little jealous that David was her favorite) - the love she gave to all of us will be in our hearts forever.

~ Mindy Park, Newport News, Virginia

November 06, 2010

Dear Ellen and Family,
It was a pleasure having Rose as a neighbor. We saw each other just last week and traded news. She will be missed. May God's strength and comfort be with you during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Dennis and Karon Garcia


November 06, 2010

Ellen and family...Rose was one of the best friends that I have ever had...she was always there whenever I needed anything and she went out of her way to always to make me feel special...I will miss her advice and her smile.
~ David Myatt, Newport News, Virginia


November 06, 2010

Joel and Jerry,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It is always hard to lose someone so dear. You are in my prayers and those are that you have peace at this time of sadness.

~ L.M.B. Crayton '66, Hampton, Virginia

November 06, 2010

Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a lady with a friendliness that always comforted me. My heart goes out to you. Love, Helen D'Alfonso

~ Helen D'Alfonso

November 07, 2010

Ellen and family: We are so sorry for loss. Rose will be missed by all her friends at the deli. We hope you find comfort in knowing you are in the hearts and prayers of all your friends. Love,

November 07, 2010

  I am so sorry to all of you, for your loss. I only had the pleasure of meeting Rose once during the Jewish New Year and how sweet she was to me. My heart goes out to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.. with love, Elisa

November 07, 2010

Ellen, Joel and Jerry:

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of your mother's passing. She was one of those McAvoy family friends who always held an extra special place in my heart not only because of her warmth and humor, but because of her loyalty to those for whom she cared. She was a steadfast friend to our family, and especially to my mother, beginning when we became neighbors so long ago on St. Ives Circle and over the years. When I last saw her in January, she brought the same smile to my face that she has always brought, and that is how I choose to remember her - with a lovely smile and a lovely heart. I know that my sisters share my affection and sentiment - your mom was special to all of us. I feel honored and blessed to have had her as a constant in my family's life over the years - she was a treasure. And, while I think the world is a little less warm without her presence here, I will take comfort in knowing my life is richer for having had her as a part of it.

It was no secret how very much she loved all of you and how proud she was of each of you. I hope that you find goodness and grace in her passing and in the love she had for you.

Lisa McAvoy

November 07, 2010

Rose was an inspiration to work with. She always took time to say hi when she passed by my office and always used my name in her greeting. Any day I saw her was just a little bit better.

~ Jack Dolby, Newport News, Virginia

November 07, 2010

Ellen and Family, I was so sad to hear of your mom's passing. I'm so glad I got to see her a couple months ago. It was a blessing to have been able to know and work with her over the years. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed.

~ April Thornton, Hayes, Virginia

November 07, 2010

Sending my condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ms. Rose. Im truly thankful to have worked with such a sweet lady.

~ Shauntae Watson, Hampton, Virginia

November 07, 2010

To Ellen and Family, I will miss Rose in the neighborhood. She was the sweetest woman. She always would stop and talk to me when she saw me and ask how I was doing. She would always talk to me about her grandchildren. She had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed by me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Beth Verry, Newport News

November 07, 2010

To Ellen and the Family, Rose will truly be missed by all at Miller's Pond. We began the Miller's Pond Board and worked very well together and became close friends/BFF. We had many dinners and luncheon togethers with Mindy Parker, Lillian and other ladies from the complex. Rose my friend you will always be in my heart, thoughts and spirit. You were truly a dear friend. Ellen we are there for you and your family in anyway that you need from the support of the Miller's Pond Family. I truly loved "Rose" A Rose that will always be a "Rose"

Love, Shirley B. Williams Newport News

~ Shirley Williams, Newport News, Virginia

November 07, 2010

Joel (Jerry and family):

We were so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and will continue to be in the difficult weeks and months ahead.

~ Chuck & Marilyn Springfield, Newport News, Virginia

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Fisher's entire family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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