Janice Ball Fisher
Traverse City, Michigan—Janice Ball Fisher, 94, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at Orchard Creek Supportive Care in Traverse City, Michigan.
She was the daughter of Muncie industrialists and philanthropists, Edmund Burke and Bertha Ball and last member of the E. B. Ball direct descendants. Janice grew up in Muncie, Indiana, and was a graduate of Park Tudor Academy and Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC. She married John W. Fisher on August 10, 1940, in Leland, Michigan. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mount Vernon Society, Muncie’s Psi Iota Psi philanthropic sorority and the Art Student League. Janice supported many philanthropies in Leland, Michigan and Muncie, such as the Fishtown Preservation Society, Leelanau Conservancy, Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Leelanau Historical Museum, Leland Township Library, Interlochen School of Music, Minnetrista, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Muncie YMCA and YWCA, Camp Crosley, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and numerous others. She and her husband, John, endowed chairs and enthusiastically supported Ball State University, University of Tennessee, DePauw University, Indiana University and many other secondary schools. They were great believers in the value of education and wellness.
Janice will be remembered by her family as dedicated to her husband and faithfully and unconditionally supporting his many business and philanthropic pursuits with her own. She loved her family and wished nothing more than to be surrounded by them as often as possible. She enjoyed traveling and joined her husband on many of his business and personal trips around the world and especially enjoyed taking children and grandchildren with her on these adventures whenever possible.
Janice was a member of the Muncie High Street United Methodist Church and most recently the Traverse City, Michigan Central United Methodist Church, and also attended the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida in the winter and the Leland Community Methodist Church each summer.
The Family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff of Orchard Creek Supportive Care as well as her wonderful personal caregivers for their loving and tender care in her last year in Traverse City, Michigan, and for previous care at Westminster Village in Muncie.
Survivors include her children, Joan F. Woods, (husband-Randy), Lake Leelanau, Michigan; Michael J. Fisher, (wife-Dawn), Lake Leelanau, Michigan; James A. Fisher, (wife-Elizabeth), Muncie, Indiana; Jeffrey E. Fisher, (wife-Nancy), Leland, Michigan; Judith F. Oetinger, (husband-Tom), Prospect, Kentucky; John W. Fisher III, (wife-Joanne), Naples, Florida; and Jerrold M. Fisher, (wife-Lisa), Vevay, Indiana; nineteen grandchildren, and twenty-nine great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 West Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, with Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at the church, immediately following the service.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service is planned for Leland, Michigan during the summer of 2011.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.