Albion Interactive History / People / Mimi Fiss

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Fiss, Mimi Francois Radee, 1882
    Died May 1980

Mimi Radee was born in Albion on July 14, 1882. Supposedly, her parents, who were German immigrants, took her back to Berlin to be baptized into the Lutheran Church when she was one year of age. Mimi attended the Albion schools and the University of Michigan.

Mimi married Robert H. Fiss in 1899; he ran a hatchery in the Albion Market Place by the Kalamazoo River. One day in 1929, when returning to his business, he was killed by a train at the Superior Street crossing. Mimi continued to operate the hatchery for some years.

She was a longtime friend of Floyd Starr, founder of Starr Commonwealth, who along with many others mentioned her exceptional vitality, intelligence and abiding concern for others. She was always immaculately groomed, in good humor, and optimistic.

When she died in May of 1980, at the age of 97, her memorial service was held at the Starr Chapel-in-the-Woods because of her friendship with Mr. Starr.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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