Jane “Cappy” Beins Fischbach

Jane “Cappy” Beins Fischbach
Jane “Cappy” Beins Fischbach


BALDWIN — Jane Margaret Beins Fischbach, 66, known to family and friends as “Cappy,” died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Grand Oaks Nursing Center in Baldwin.

She was the widow of Brett Fischbach and the youngest child of John K. and Esther Ludwig Beins, who also preceded her in death, as did one brother, John L. Beins, and one sister, Virginia Tipton.

She is survived by her brother, J. Christian Beins, of Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Betty Ainsworth, of San Diego, Cali. and Marianne Vere, of Russellville, Ark.; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Cappy was born on April 1, 1949, and grew up in Toledo.  There she attended Rosary Cathedral School, St. Ursula Academy and Mary Manse College, graduating summa cum laude in 1971.  She then earned a master’s degree in English literature from Boston College.  Moving to New York City, Cappy continued her studies at Columbia University, focusing especially on medieval to early 18th century writers.

In the mid-1970s, Cappy joined the Peace Corps and taught in the Ivory Coast. Returning to the U.S., she held teaching positions at Purdue University and various community colleges. She spent many years with Borders Bookstores and were yet another opportunity she found to share her love of learning with customers young and old.

Cappy’s dream of living closer to nature led her to relocate to Baldwin, in scenic northern Michigan, where she met another lover of ideas and the outdoors, Brett M. Fischbach, the editor of the Lake County Star.  Though she decided to move back to Toledo to care for her elderly mother, and then took a year-long teaching job in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, when Cappy returned, she and Brett were married on July 14, 2005.  They enjoyed working together on the paper, and she became a popular contributor.  Sadly, barely two years later, in Oct. 2007, Brett passed away unexpectedly.  Then Cappy in turn faced several bouts of serious illness, learning in the spring of 2015 that she had terminal cancer.

All who knew Cappy will remember her wide curiosity, and the range of her gifts, from her creative writing ability, to her lilting singing voice and talent with the violin, to her oil paintings, her intricate crocheting and her devotion to gardening and to animals.  Perhaps most of all, everyone will remember her kind and gentle ways.  Her final generous act has been to donate her body to science.

In keeping with her wishes, no formal funeral will be hosted.  However, the family is planning a ceremony of remembrance to take place in the Toledo area early next summer.  Meanwhile, in lieu of flowers, planting a tree in her memory or donating to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.