Hanni Fuller

Hannie Fuller, formerly of Trail, died in Medford on March 11, 2009. She was born Hanni Diessner in Leipzig, Germany in 1930. She grew up during the Great Depression, the collapse of Germany, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the defeat of Germany and the Communist takeover.
    
Her education was interrupted by the war, but such an experience was an education in itself. She told wonderful stories of that life.

In 1952, she married Gerhardt Butter. They escaped to West Germany in
1956, where they stayed for two years, finally taking a ship to the
United States. They settled in the San Francisco area where her Aunt
Frieda lived.
   
She and Gerhardt built a Michelin service
dealership. Besides the business and keeping their home, she became a
real estate agent and investor. She and Gerhardt divorced in 1984.
   
She
married George Fuller in 1986. Shortly thereafter they bought property
near Lost Creek lake and built their dream home. She continued her love
of real estate in the Rogue Valley.
   
Mrs. Fuller was a
patriot. She loved the 4th of July, marched in parades and gave great
parties. Her Christmas parties were famous, also. She was an
accomplished skier, singer, avid poker player and loved animals. She
was known for her personal interest in helping others and for always
being cheerful. She will be missed by all who knew her.
   
In
addition to her husband, George, she is survived by sisters, Andrea,
and Sylvia and sister-in-law, Christa, all in Germany. In California,
step-children, Jon, Susan and Lisa Pilapinko survive as do four
grand-stepchildren.
   
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Donations may be made in her name to Wildlife Images.
 

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