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Deirdre Kamilia Maria (Kapsa) Fisher

Rhinebeck - Deirdre Kamilia Maria (Kapsa) Fisher, 69, of Rhinebeck, died at the Baptist Home of Brookmeade on March 7, 2017. Mrs. Fisher was born in Broughty Ferry (Dundee), Scotland, to the late Jan Bartlomiej and Diana Beattie Kapsa, and was raised in Toronto. She attended the University of Guelph and was a nurse and medical administrator at Toronto General Hospital before becoming a Montessori teacher and founding two Montessori schools in Canada. She married Stephen George Fisher in Barrytown, NY on November 3, 1979, and lived in the Rhinebeck area for over 35 years. Mrs. Fisher was a loving and very proud mother to two sons, Ian Richard and Gareth Stephen, and was a homemaker par excellence who will be long remembered for her great sense of tradition and impeccable attention to detail. She was a founder and co-founder of many groups including Hudson Valley Children and the Rhinebeck Parkinson's Support Group; she also served as the director of the Peace Pals program of the World Peace Prayer Society.

Those who knew her well saw her quiet, humble kindness and abiding desire to see a world free of conflict and full of beauty. Mrs. Fisher will be remembered for her dry sense of humor, keen intellect, determination, love of family and strong Christian faith. She battled Parkinson's Disease for over 20 years with both strength and grace, and even through constant and increasing pain, still managed to find joy in so many aspects of life and bring joy to others. She believed that children possess all that is needed to create that peaceful world, and truly lived the philosophy of her most inspirational guide, Maria Montessori, who wrote that "a teacher must be consecrated to bettering humanity. She must be like the Vestal who kept the sacred fire that others had lighted pure and free from contamination; the teacher must be dedicated to the fire of the inner life in all its purity."

In addition to her husband and sons, Mrs. Fisher is survived by her daughters-in-law Csilla Zsuzsanna and Maura Eileen, grandsons Oscar Richard and Thomas Kane, granddaughter Anna Catherine, nephew Andrew Edward Watkins Kapsa, step-daughters Toya Dubin and Jennifer Luisa Lafin Fisher, a brother Konrad Stuart Kapsa, as well as her extended family and many loving friends. She was predeceased by two brothers, Zygmunt Iain Kapsa and Anthony Charles Kapsa.

Visitation will be held between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday March 10 at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market Street, Rhinebeck. Funeral Services will be held at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck on Saturday March 11, at 1 PM with a reception to follow. Burial will follow in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. Memorial contributions in honor of Deirdre can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, www.michaeljfox.org. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dapsonchestney.com.

"The figure of the child as spiritual embryo confronts us and imposes new responsibilities. That tender, graceful little being, whom we adore and whom we overwhelm with material things and who is almost like a toy to us, must inspire reverence in us. Multa debetur puero reverentia. (We must revere the young.)" -Maria Montessori

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