Joseph E. Fischer, 74, security officer, farmer

October 05, 2004

Joseph Edward Fischer, a retired National Security Agency security officer and Anne Arundel County farmer, died of colon cancer Sept. 28 at his Crownsville home. He was 74.

Mr. Fischer lived his entire life in the 300-year-old farmhouse where he was born.

At 15, he quit Annapolis High School to work on the family poultry farm. He later earned his General Educational Development diploma. He served with an Army infantry unit in Germany from 1956 until 1958.

Mr. Fischer raised corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm until 1980, when he went to work for NSA. He retired in 2000.

Since 1989, his farm has been the site for the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, family members said. Mr. Fischer liked hunting and was an expert woodcarver. He also enjoyed renovating his farmhouse.

He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis where services were held Saturday.

Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Margaret Anne Wienholt; two daughters, Marianne C. Fischer and Carolyn M. Fischer, both of Annapolis; and four sisters, Mary Grierson, Dolores Anderson and Dorothy Donaldson, all of Annapolis, and Loretta Schneider of New South Wales, Australia.

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