Carl H. Fischer, 98, of St. Charles, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at Whitewater Healthcare Center in St. Charles.
Carl was born May 22, 1907, in Dorchester, WI, to Dominick and Emma (Zaudke) Fischer. He graduated from Winona State College, where he participated in sports, lettering in track. Carl and Shirley Oswald Callahan were married June 8, 1968. She died January 26, 1988.
In 1927, at the age of 22, Carl became indoctrinated in the gladiolus flower. He grew and bred gladiolus for the rest of his life with his work at his Noweta Gardens. Through the eight-year process of hybridizing the gladiolus for each species, Carl created 100 of the current 180 All-American Glads. He received many awards for his glads; one of his most prominent was the 1997 Gold Medal from the Society of American Florists. Another amazing feat was the fact that Carl received 100 certificates of award from the All-American Gladiolus Society. Only 120 had been given out in the organization's history.
Survivors include two stepdaughters: Betty Virnig and Verna Gaulke, both of St. Charles, nieces and nephews: Joyce (Jerald) Newton of Riceville, IA, Lyman (Marlee) Fischer of Green Bay, WI, Gordon (Mary) Fischer of Marshfield, WI, Howard Fischer of Lake City, MN, Rev. Janet Fischer of Zumbrota, and Pam (Bob) Finstrom of Ottertail, MN, a sister-in-law Dolores Fischer of Zumbrota, and a brother-in-law, Anvie Peterson of Roseville, MN. In addition to his wife, Carl was preceded in death by a brother, Walter, and two sisters, Edna Peterson and Louine Franz.
Funeral services were held Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with the Rev. James Callahan and Rev. Janet Fischer officiating. Cremation followed, with spring burial of Carl's cremated body in Hillside Cemetery at St. Charles.