DeeAnn Fisher

DeeAnn Fisher, formerly of Sabetha, KS, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023, at her home in Brownsville, Texas.

DeeAnn Gaye Vonderschmidt was born May 8, 1939, in Rulo, Nebraska, the daughter of Dean Philip and Melva Catherine (Glathar) Vonderschmidt. She attended the Fischer School at Rulo through the eighth grade and graduated with the class of 1957 of Falls City High School.

DeeAnn began working right after high school at Baker’s Bakery in Falls City. She then got her cosmetology license and worked in shops in Falls City and Sabetha. For many years DeeAnn did hair for residents of Fountain Villa and Sabetha Manor nursing facilities in Sabetha.

DeeAnn was married to Roger W. Fisher on February 4, 1962, at the Zion United Church of Christ. She took to farm life well; keeping a big garden and raising two children. The couple made their home on a farm southeast of Dawson until 1985, when the farm was sold and they moved to Sabetha. 

While living in Sabetha, DeeAnn kept up her gardening and homemaking, but had time for several paying jobs. She worked for Mike Althouse, the Chamber of Commerce, and Country Mart. She worked for State Farm agent Dennis Lennon in Hiawatha, Kansas. From there she transferred to Lynn Witter’s agency in Seneca, Kansas where she eventually was licensed in fire and casualty. She worked with Lynn until his retirement. DeeAnn then worked as a bookkeeper for Mike Goodman Construction and the early years of Curb Roller Manufacturing. Through all these jobs she also enjoyed doing hair for nursing home residents. 

DeeAnn was a member of the Church of Christ since 1962. She taught Bible School for many years and invested many hours in developing classroom curriculum and making visual aids. For several years she was an adult leader of a group of teens who traveled to western Nebraska each summer for Vacation Bible School. She was “mom” to all the kids on those trips.

In 2018, the couple made Brownsville, Texas their permanent home. They had enjoyed spending many winters there for years and have truly made a family at Winter Haven.

DeeAnn was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Greg Haynie; four brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

DeeAnn is survived by her husband, Roger of the home; her son, Wendell and his wife, Brenda of Gillette, Wyoming; her daughter, Katherine (Kate) Haynie of Seneca, Kansas; her grandchildren, Cody and Ethan Fisher, Tennessee, Sam Haynie and his wife Whitney, and Ellie Haynie of Seneca, Daniel Flores of St. Peters, Missouri, and Catherine Flores of Kansas City; her brother, Richard Vonderschmidt and his wife Kay of Lincoln, Nebraska; several nieces and nephews, and cousins, both Glathar and Vonderschmidt. 

Please join the family Friday, October 20, 2023, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Popkess Memorial Chapel in Seneca, Kansas to share stories of DeeAnn, laughter, and tears. The family will have a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Harris Cemetery in Barada, Nebraska. Memorial contributions are suggested to the DeeAnn Fisher Memorial Fund sent in care of Popkess Memorial Chapel, 814 Castle, Seneca, Kansas 66538.  Online condolences can be left for the family at

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