Kathleen "Kathy" Dorothy (Ladd) Fischer, 60, of Newtown, died Nov. 12, 2010, in her home after an almost two-year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

Mrs. Fischer was born Jan. 14, 1950, to the late Helena May (Blanchette) Ladd and the late Elwood Shepherd Ladd.

She grew up in the Long Hill section of Trumbull. As a child, she developed a love of the outdoors, reading books and sewing.

Mrs. Fischer met her best friend and partner for life, Lawrence B. Fischer Jr., in Tarrytown, N.Y., while attending Marymount College. They were married Jan. 31, 1970.

She left Marymount and moved to Newtown in 1974 to start her life with her husband and raise their three children.

She worked part-time doing bridal alterations while raising her children until she returned to college, attending Western Connecticut State University where she received a B.S. in education in 1986 and a master of science in environmental science in 1992.

She taught sixth-grade science for 26 years in New Milford, first at Schaghticoke Middle School and later at Sarah Noble Intermediate School.

She brought her love of science and her passion for teaching to her students every day. During her years as a teacher, she was always looking for continuing education opportunities to learn new ways to promote scientific knowledge and curiosity in her students.

Her love of the outdoors continued into her adult life as she enjoyed hiking, kayaking, ice skating and traveling with her husband and family.

Mrs. Fischer and her husband were passionate about ballroom dancing, antique book collecting and theater.

She also enjoyed reading, scrapbooking and counted cross stitch.

Mrs. Fischer has been described by family and friends as an intelligent, classy lady who was endlessly caring and supportive to her family, friends and students.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 41 years, Lawrence B. Fischer Jr.; a daughter, Teresa A. McKenzie, and her husband, Martin McKenzie, of Hillsville, Va.; a son, Lawrence B. Fischer III, and his wife, Joyce Fischer, of Kittrell, N.C.; a son, Karl B. Fischer, and his wife, Therese Fischer, of Collegeville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Andrew Fischer, Chelsea Buddle, Erika McKenzie, Elena McKenzie and Matthew Fischer; a brother, Robert Ladd, of Vero Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Luella Dwyer, of Newtown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown.

The Honan Funeral Home of Newtown is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the ALS Division of MDS, www.als-mda.org, or to the ALS Association, Connecticut chapter, www.alsa.org, or Voice for Joanie, www.VoiceForJoanie.org, or to the Bethel Visiting Nurse Association, www.Bethelvna.org.