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Longtime friends will celebrate a 'Holly Day'

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Ben, left, and Mary Morgan, right, renew their friendship with Holly and Matt Fishero, center, during an October 2008 visit to Holly's sister's place in Ham Lake, Minn. Submitted photo2 / 2

Her laugh was the best thing about Holly (Offner) Fishero, says Mary Morgan.

"She had a great, great sense of humor."

Georgia Krusell agrees.

"She had an absolutely fun spirit," Krusell says of her fellow member of Hudson High School's class of 1979. "Whenever you were around her it was fun. She smiled and laughed."

Morgan (the former Mary Cudd) and Krusell (Georgia King in high school) hope Holly's spirit of happiness will attend a gathering of her longtime friends at The Village Inn in North Hudson on Saturday, Dec. 27. It starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until bar closing.

They're calling the celebration of Fishero's life a "Holly Day." It's being held on her birthday.

Fishero died of cancer on Nov. 15 at her home in Crawfordsville, Ind. She was 47.

She was a bus driver for the local school district until the cancer sapped too much of her strength for her continue.

Circumstances beyond her control, including a heart attack at the age of 44, left Fishero without health insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Her husband, Matt, was saddled with huge medical bills after she was turned down for coverage because of previous health problems.

The Dec. 27 event at The Village Inn is partly a fund-raiser to help Matt and the children -- Luke, Zach and Hannah -- cope with their financial stress. But it is also a chance for her friends from the days at Hudson High to celebrate her life.

The funeral was held in Crawfordsville.

Morgan, Krusell, Julie (Stefors) Haas, Lucy Turner and Scott Wettleson have been the principal organizers.

Morgan and Fishero took jobs at Telemark Ski Resort near the northern Wisconsin village of Cable in 1980 and lived there until 1984.

It was there that they met their husbands, Ben Morgan and Matt Fishero. Ben Morgan was their boss at the resort.

The couples have remained friends throughout the years.

Leigh Halverson, owner of The Village Inn, is preparing and donating the food for the "Holly Day."

A number of Fishero's Hudson High schoolmates have donated raffle prizes, including a set of Muzuno golf irons, Minnesota Wild tickets, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre tickets, a round of golf for four at Hudson Golf Club and a Wii gaming station.

Many local businesses have donated gift certificates.

Fishero's siblings -- Tom and Randy of Hudson, Billy of Grand Junction, Ariz., and Dawn (Offner) Hansen of Ham Lake, Minn. -- are expected to attend the event.

Morgan and Krusell are hoping for a big turnout.

Holly would like that, they say.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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