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Cleide Waissmann-Fischer of Orlando, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. She was 60 years old. Cleide, who worked in the Central Reservations Department for Rosen Hotels & Resorts, was originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Desiring a safer environment for her two children, she came to the United States in 1998. She met her future husband, Gary Fischer, at a social gathering on March 16, 2002 and their lives were changed forever.

Fischer fondly recalls that event. “One of the ladies at my old synagogue had been hounding me for months to meet this wonderful lady. I finally relented at the last minute and was very pleasantly introduced to Cleide. Even though I was wearing jeans and a black Three Stooges T-shirt, Cleide was still willing to talk with me, so I knew she was pretty special.”

Cleide and Gary were married on Oct. 27, 2002 and just recently celebrated their 13th anniversary.

On April 30, 2009, Cleide celebrated one of the proudest days in her life when she became a citizen of the United States. This past summer, both of her children became United States citizens as well, helping her fulfill one of her lifetime dreams.

Cleide was an excellent cook who grew many of her own herbs for her various recipes. She had the knack to create great tasting food out most anything and Fischer would say she could make Spam into a gourmet meal. It was a dangerous combination as she loved to cook and he loved to eat.

In January 2013 Cleide was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the smooth muscle tissue. In the next three years, she would undergo several surgeries and multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatment plans. Unlike other cancers, there is no known “cure” for this type. She bravely fought the battle and never complained about her situation. She continued to work the entire time she was sick and got such great joy from being able to go and see her many friends at Rosen Shingle Creek where her office was located. She was in the hospital for her 60th birthday at the beginning of September. That evening, Fischer went up to see her along with his mother, her department’s director and assistant director. They all walked into her room carrying a big cake (no lit candles-something about oxygen and fire not being compatible) while playing a recording of Happy Birthday sung by their neighbor’s two children.

During the last several months, Cleide had additional care that was provided by Vitas Hospice. The people in that organization were phenomenal and made her last months as pleasant as possible. That’s why in lieu of flowers, the Fischer’s are suggesting donations to Vitas Hospice.

Cleide is survived by her husband, Gary Fischer; mother, Fanny Waissmann; daughter, Mariana Lopes; son, Marcelo Waissmann; stepsons, Andrew Fischer of Arlington, Va., and Michael Fischer of Lake Mary; stepdaughter, Rebecca Fischer of Jacksonville, Fla .; sister, Ruth Waissmann; brother, Luiz Waissmann; and grandson, Brayden Bryan.

Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha, FL. Condolences may be offered at http://www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.


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