Feb 16, 1953 ~ Feb 18, 2003
Paula on her 50th birthday, February 16, 2003
If you'd like to support Paula's MS Walk Team, you can either Click
make an online donation through the Multiple
Sclerosis Society's web site, mail a check to the MS Society,
or call the MS Society
to make a donation via credit card. All
of us on the
"Almighty Alrighties" appreciate your support.
This photo from 2006 shows me with our daughter, Sarah,
our oldest son, Chris, and our two grand-daughters, Audry
and Allison. Your
Paula's MS Walk Team can help find a cure for MS
in Audry and Allison's lifetime.
Donate Via Mail: You may mail donations to:
The National MS Society
651 G Lakeview Plaza Blvd.
Worthington OH 43085
Please write "Paula Fish / Almighty Alrightys" in the memo section of your check.
Donate Via Phone: Call the MS Society at (614) 880-2290. Be
sure to specify the donation is in memory of Paula and should be applied to the
Almighty Alrightys walk team.
April, 2008 -THREE babies in the MS Walk
My granddaughters will have company in this year's
Columbus MS Walk. I don't think either Audry nor Aliison
will be able to walk the entire route (aren't strollers wonderful
things?), and I'll be very surprised if Allison's brother,
Luke will stay awake for more than a few minutes of the walk.
April, 2007 - It hs been a busy year
Last year at this time my first two grandchildren
were a bit over 2 months old. The girls are now over a year old,
and the big news this year is that my oldest son and his wife
are expecting their second child. Time has really flown by this
year, probably because of the babies. Both babies are walking
now and will be participating in the MS Walk. We'd all appreciate
April, 2006 - The Family Focus has Changed
The big news around here is that we have grandchildren. Sarah and
her husband presented me with my first granddaughter this past
February. Three days later Chris and his wife introduced me
to my second granddaughter. It is a shame that Paula isn't here
to share the joy and happiness the babies are bringing into all
June, 2005 - Happy Father's Day!
My daughter found out she was pregnant a few days before Father's
Day. Father's Day fell on my mom's birthday this year.
tell grandma & grandpa I'm pregnant," my daughter
said, "we'll have a Father's Day/Birthday Brunch at
my house and tell them then.
My daughter gave my mom a bag full of knitting supplies
for her birthday, which is how my mom and dad found out my
daughter was pregnant.
My daughter-in-law gave my mom a book designed to record memories
you want to share with your grandchildren (in this case,
great-grandchildren). The inside cover was inscribed "Grandma,
here's someplace to keep track of the things you want to
share with ALL of your great-grandchildren," which
was how I found out I was going to have TWO grandchildren.
It is interesting how quickly the joy of the good news becomes tempered
by the realization that Paula isn't here to share the joy.
April, 2004 - Dealing with
As I write this, it is April, 2004.
In February, Brian got married on the 15th. The 16th would have
been Paula's 51st birthday, and the 18th was the one
year anniversary of Paula's death. Then came March. The 16th
would have been our
30th wedding anniversary. Sarah got married on the 20th. On
the 21st a local TV station
aired an interview with us about Paula and MS. And on April 17th
we've got the MS Walk.
Needless to say, we're all very much aware of the huge hole left in our
lives when Paula was killed by complications from multiple sclerosis.
One of the ways I'm dealing with that loss is to be more involved
About this Page
I'm doing this paulafish.com web site for several reasons.
The reason I initially set up the site was to provide information about my
late wife, Paula, for extended family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors,
and anyone who knew her.
As I was working on the first page, I decided it would also be a good way
to help Paula's MS Walk team raise money the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society can use in the fight against the disease
that killed Paula.
And, as time goes by, we're going to use the site to collect and share memories
and thoughts about Paula - information that we'll be able to share with
Paula's grandchildren, who will know her only through photos, video,
and the stories we tell.
Paula was a very special person. She has been, and will continue to be, an
important part of our lives. I'm hoping this site will become
a tribute to her life; an extension of the legacy of love, joy,
caring, concern and happiness she's left to our family; and a way for
family and friends to share their memories and thoughts about Paula.
Paula's grandchildren will never know her personally. If you have memories,
stories, photos, or information about Paula we can share with
them either here on the web site or privately, please
let me know.
February 18, 2003 - This was The Day
Paula died at home, very unexpectedly, on Tuesday, February
Paula was challenged by multiple sclerosis since sometime around 1983
- back when Sarah was 3 or 4.
While her condition continually and gradually got worse, the last year of
her life was an exceptionally good one for Paula. Her physical,
mental, and emotional condition was the best it had been in
years. We celebrated Paula's 50th birthday just
two days before she died, and she was having an unbelievably
I was in the family room with her at 7:30 on the 18th, and then went
up to my office.
When I came back downstairs at 8, she was laying back in her
chair and looked to be unconscious. I called the emergency squad,
but neither my efforts nor theirs were able to revive her.
There was no sign of stress, pain, panic or fear on Paula's face - she looked
like she'd closed her eyes and gone to sleep.
Paula's death certificate says the cause of her death was heart failure
caused by multiple sclerosis. For some reason, it bothers me
that there's no mention in the death certificate of
the love, joy, and happiness she brought to those around
Here's Paula's obituary, which was in the Columbus Dispatch
on Thursday and Friday.:
Paula Jean Fish, age 50, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at home.
Survived by husband Rob Fish; sons Chris (Carrie) Fish; Brian (and partner
Joshua Rowland) Fish; daughter Sarah (T.J.) Fish; mother and father Ralph & Margaret
Replogle; brothers John (Penny) Replogle, David Replogle, Jim (Jennifer)
Replogle; sister Amy (Rob) Bey; father and mother-in-law Linc & Lila Fish;
brother & sister-in-law
Carol & Bert Doeringer; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Friday, February 21, 2003 from 6-8 PM in the Schoedinger
Worthington Chapel, where a memorial service will be held Saturday at
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Multiple Sclerosis Society by donating to Paula's MS Walk Team, "The
Almighty Alrightys." (Click Here for Donation Info)
Paula will be sorely missed by all those who shared in the joy she brought to life.
Front: Linc, Lila, Paula, Marge & Sarah
Back: Brian, Me, Carrie, Chris,Ralph,TJ & Josh
Front: Sarah & Paula
Middle: Carrie, Carol, Katie, Lila, David
Back: Bert, Chris, Linc, Brian, Me
Paula with siblings & cousins
After the Memorial Service
Paula was cremated. Some time after the Memorial Service (and also after the snow melts), our entire family will be making a trip to a lake in Virginia where Paula had many vacations filled with wonderful times. Before we come back home, we'll scatter her ashes.
Thanks for your thoughts, concern, support, and prayers. You'll find
a link to the web site table of contents (which
in turn links to additional pictures, stories and memories
about Paula) at the bottom of this page.
Memories and Thoughts
Penny Replogle, Paula's Sister-In-Law, April 2003
We're on TV!!
21, 2004. This is a 3 meg QuickTime
movie of a local newscast's segment
our family. If your computer won't play
this QuickTime movie, please visit QuickTime.com and
get the free QuickTime player.
See it Bigger! -
A 15 meg QuickTime version of the
newscast. This is the
same newscast segment as above, just a bigger image.
If you have a dial-up modem, the 3 meg version would
probably be a better choice.
Bad Hats, Good Hats, and Badges
2003 and 2004, our MS Walk team wore baseball haps
that said "Alright!"
The 2003 hat was
blue with gold printing. At least that's what I ordered. Our kids,
claiming that the colors were actually "maize and gold," weren't at all happy
with the hats. As you may know, "maize and gold" are the school colors for
the University of Michigan.
Paula was not a sports fan. She was, however, a big fan of The Ohio State
University Buckeyes. She'd watch any and every OSU sporting event that was
on television. Our kids were appalled at the thought of doing
the MS Walk while wearing the colors of OSU's biggest rival.
So the 2004 ball cap was red with gray lettering - or, as the kids saw
it, "scarlet and gray" (OSU's colors).
In 2005, our walk team is avoiding the whole "hat color controversy."
I'm making yellow "Why I Walk" badges for everyone on our team. The badge
shown above is the one our daughter, Sarah, will be wearing.
The name badge came out so nice that I'm guessing other walk teams will want
to order similar name badges for their walk teams. If I sell any of these badges,
I'll donate $1.00 from each badge's sale to the MS Society.
Making Donations to the MS Society in Paula's Name
to the Multiple Sclerosis Society can be made in several ways.
would prefer that donations be made in the form of sponsorship
for Paula's ms walk team, "The
Almighty Alrightys." Our goal this year is to raise $5,200.
Click Here to see our fund raising plan.
Donate Online: Click
Here to make online donations to the "Almighty
Alrightys." The link opens an online "Epledge" form
with the pledge recipient already set to Paula Fish and
the Almighty Alrightys.
Donate Via Mail: You may also mail donations to:
The National MS Society
651 G Lakeview Plaza Blvd.
Worthington OH 43085
Please write "Paula Fish / Almighty Alrightys" in the memo section of
Donate Via Phone: Call
the MS Society at (614) 880-2290. Be sure to specify the donation
is in memory of Paula and should be applied to the Almighty Alrightys
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Note: The MS Society web site is sometimes unbelievably slow. It may take
a while for the page to load. Please be patient after you click on a
link to pledge.
The "Almighty Alrightys" ms walk team
Over the last 8 or 9 years of her life, Paula developed a habit of
saying "Alright!!" any
time we asked her about doing something. "Would you empty the
silverware from the dishwasher?" And the answer would be
a cheerful "Alright!" Ask
her "Would you like a shower?" and you'd get that same bright "Alright!" And "Would
you like to go on the ms walk?" would also get an "Alright!"
We'd love to have your support for Paula's ms walk team, "The Almighty
as we help
raise money to
fight the disease
that took Paula
from us. Thanks
in advance for
Click Here to see a list of the pictures
and memories of Paula added to the site so far.
When Paula's condition reached the point she couldn't be left
alone for long periods of time, we started a small business so I could
work from home and take care of her.
With Paula gone, the goal of the business has changed from "making
enough money to keep a roof over our heads and take care of Paula"
to "making enough money to keep a roof over my head and put
something aside for retirement."
When folks ask me what I do for a living, it sometimes takes a while
to explain - I seem to have a wide range of products and services.
Buttons, customized magnets, & magnetic-backed dry erase boards -
this is what we started with. Making buttons was originally sort
of a hobby that paid for itself. The hobby has grown into
a pretty wide-ranging business. www.CCreations.com
The three most popular products are Name Tag Badges with magnetic fasteners (especially
the ones with red hats on them), Save the Date wedding magnets, and large magnetic-backed
dry erase calendars.
Basic Hydraulics Training - I'm a Certified Fluid Power
Specialist, and I've developed a one-day, in-plant customized "Basic
Hydraulics" course that helps companies increase their productivity
and reduce their down time by giving attendees the knowledge
needed to keep their hydraulic systems working at peak performance.
Large Refrigerator Calendar - Magnetic-backed, dry-erase, monthly or weekly,
with your choice of title and artwork. www.CCreations.com
Save the Date Magnets - You know how the date of an event
(wedding, party, shower, bar mitzvah, etc.) will be set waaaaay
in advance, but
invitations aren't sent out until right before the event? I make
"Save the Date" magnets that can be sent out as soon as the date
is selected. For weddings, I typically put a photo of the couple
on the magnet, put their names above the photo, and put the wedding
date below the photo. They send the magnets to family and friends
with a note that says "Save the date, we're getting married!
Formal invitation to follow." www.MakingItSpecial.com
Web Site Design - Yep, folks pay me to design and maintain their web sites.
Web Site Content for Financial Institutions - Many companies
in the finance industry (banks, credit unions, accounting firms,
etc.) struggle to keep fresh content on their web
sites. A partner and I have an affordable solution that puts
fresh articles on your web site twice a month. The completely
customized version is www.BiznizPortal.com.
The more generic solution is
There's more, but I think what I've got listed will do for now. Both my
mortgage company and I would be very happy if you could use some
of my products or services. Heck, who knows - I might even get
to put a bit into a retirement fund!