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Mrs. Hazel Dayer Fish
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  • Wilson College
    1015 Philadelphia Avenue
    Chambersburg, PA 17201

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“Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Fish was my favorite teacher. She instilled a love for reading that has stayed...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Sara Stiles Henderson - Dallas, TX

“Vince, our mothers were co-workers at Grant for many years. They were both great ladies! I'm sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Ivi Gelden - Bristol, WI

“I met Mrs. Fish when I was but 4 years old. She was a kind soul. I knew from my sisters Colleen, Maureen and Pauline she was a wonderful teacher at...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Doreen Bates Purcell - Lake Villa, IL

“Very inspiring Teacher. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Eukovich - Spring Grove, IL

“I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Fish has passed away. She was one of my favorite teachers in High School and I will never forget my Medieval English...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Lynn Bush Williams - Gainesville, FL

“Thank you Mrs. Fish for being a dedicated and inspiring teacher. You will be missed. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: John Neumann - Austin, TX

“In 1969 I was a recent college graduate and began teaching full time mid year. Mrs. Fish was one of two co-chairs for the English Department and was...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Patricia McCann - Rockford, IL

“Hazel was an inspiration. She was an outstanding teacher of writing and literature. As a chair she gave her faculty counsel and inspiration to be...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Ann Kemmer - La Crosse, WI

“I am the man I am today due in large part to having Mrs. Fish as a teacher in high school. She taught me the joy of reading but also the adventures...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Blonski - Hawthorn Woods, IL

“Vincent, Catherine, Peter and the entire extended family, It is with a very heavy heart that I send my deepest condolences on the passing of Hazel....Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Greg Pressler - Portland, OR

“Mrs. Fish touched so many lives. I have had so many discussions with other former students who agree that this is true. My husband and my sister even...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Sereno - Lisle, IL

“Mrs. Fish was definitely one of my favorite teachers. She inspired me to become an avid reader and to dive head first into the stories as if I was...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Aileen Adams - Smithfield, NC

“Dear Mrs. Fish, You left such an impression on my children at Grant. They came excited, wanting to tell us what they had learned from you. May...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Schaudt - Lake Zurich, IL

“Mrs. Fish was my favorite teacher because she inspired her students as she taught them. She was always encouraging and had an " I know you can do it"...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Deborah Hamsher Glen - Fox Lake, IL

“Mrs. Fish was an amazing woman and teacher. She really touched my life. Mine and my mom's thoughts and prayers are with you. Sarah Stewart -...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sarah Stewart Cunningham - OH

“Thank you, Mrs. Fish, for being such a positive influence in the lives of so many young people. We hope to carry forward your good works. Enjoy...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Michele Duncan (Spersrud) - NC

“Mrs. Fish was the teacher with the most impact on my life. To this day, I credit her for my outstanding grammar and knowledge of literature. I am...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Theresa Broderick - Student

“I have so many wonderful memories of Mrs. Fish. She is one of my favorite teachers from high school. She was a very intelligent woman AND a lot of...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kelly McNally Siegel - Waukee, IA

“I had Mrs Fish for English. Lit. class. (graduated 1979) I think all my siblings had her too, Joe, Rob and Karen. She was an awesome teacher! I...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Ronilyn Mussared (Cetner) - IL

“Hazel taught my son & so many others at Grant & I'm thankful for what they learned from her. She was an important part of Holy Family. Please accept...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Janensch - Gilbert, AZ


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Hazel Dayer Fish, a longtime resident of McHenry, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2012. She was born on May 18, 1923 in Irvington, New Jersey to Howard and Edith (nee Bush) Dayer.

She received her Bachelor's Degree from Wilson College, and her Master's Degree from Goddard College. She was an English Literature teacher at Grant High School from 1966 until 1993 as well as Chair of the English Department for many years. She was an avid reader and musician and enjoyed visiting England. She was involved in the Church of Holy Family for many years and an associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. She loved her grandchildren and her dogs. In her younger years she was very athletic and was in the Girl Scouts.

She will be deeply missed by her children Vincent (Ruth) Fish, Catherine (Robert) Scott and her step-son Peter Duncan (Viola) Fish; her grandchildren Jonathan (Alexandra) Fish and David Fish, Nicholas (Sarah) Scott, Christina and Thomas Scott. Many other loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Fr. Vincent Fish, her step-son Lawrence Dean Fish, her siblings Howard Arthur Dayer II, Doris and Lois, and by her parents.

Memorial visitation will be at 12 Noon until the memorial service at 1 PM on Thursday, March 8, at St. Mary Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Interment will be private.

Memorials in Hazel's name to Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201, would be appreciated.