Sunday, March 18, 2018


April 1, 1917 - Sept. 9, 2015

Stella Mae Fischer, 98, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, surrounded by family at Beartooth Manor.
She was born April 1, 1917, to William (Billy) Pierson Coles and Rose Schweitring Coles in Billings, Mont.
She grew up on a farm in Molt during the Depression years. She married Ross Dyer, and had one son, Arthur Lee.
In 1939, she met the love of her life, Ernest William Fischer, but their marriage was put off until after the war. They were married Dec. 1, 1945. They had one daughter, Patricia Marie (Fischer) Jensen.
She enjoyed doing crafts, and did beautiful crochet and embroidery work until her eyesight started failing. She took up jigsaw puzzles and kept the walls of the Homestead Lodge in Absarokee decorated in puzzles. She was known as “the puzzle lady” and could always be seen in the lobby working her puzzles every day for many years.
She loved children and was very proud of her six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents Billy and Rose, brother Walter, sister Helene, husband Ernie, son Art, and daughter in law Laura.
Graveside services at the Mountain View Cemetery in Columbus were held on Saturday, Sept. 12. Smith Funeral Chapel is assisting with arrangements.