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Elizabeth Fisher Gravestone


This gravestone, which is at Hackensack Cemetery, located at 289 Hackensack Avenue Hackensack, New Jersey, reveals that Elizabeth Fisher served in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Major. There is no listing of the war she served during, which usually implies multiple wars and a career in military service.  

Elizabeth Fisher died on January 26, 1981, one day short of her 73rd birthday.Elizabeth Fisher was not on the Original Wall Unit List, which is in Hackensack High School, but information uncovered by George Toriello shows her and her families ongoing connection to Hackensack throughout their lives and their connection to Hackensack by being buried within its borders since passing and forevermore.

On July 12, 2019, George Toriello found Social Security records which show Elizabeth Fisher was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on January 27, 1908 and her place of death was in Connecticut, but she was buried in Hackensack, New Jersey.  When exactly the family moved to Hackensack we do not know, but it was before World War I.  The records show her parents William J. Fisher and Louise M. Fisher are buried in the family plot in Hackensack.  Records also show she had a brother, Henry S. Fisher, who is listed on the October 5, 1918 Honor Roll List, which was in the Record Newspaper during World War I.

  Henry S. Fisher lived on Clinton Avenue Hackensack, New Jersey when he enlisted in the National Guard, 7th Infantry, on May 25, 1917 and served till April 21, 1919 and was discharged reaching the rank of Sergeant.  Henry S. Fisher has a web page and we have two articles on him and the April 8, 1918 article mentions him living on Clinton Avenue and his father being William.

 Elizabeth Fisher’s service started when she was close to 35 years old from the source (Selected Military Register, 1862-1985 for Elizabeth Fisher).  The material reveals she was in the Army from 1943 to 1963 serving during World War II and Korea.  Elizabeth Fisher retired as a Major after twenty years of service at the age of 55 and (findagrave) shows the gravestone in Hackensack.     

 Written by:
Bob Meli
July 19, 2019


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