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OBITUARY: Watergate at Landmark’s First Resident, Antoinette M. Fischman, 97, Dies

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Antoinette M. Fischman, JULY 25, 1926 – DECEMBER 3, 2023. (Photo: Family Collection)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Antoinette M. Fischman, age 97, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away at the age of 97 on Sunday, December 3, 2023.

In 1976, “Tonie”, as she was nicknamed, and her husband, Bob, were the first to move into the newly built Watergate at Landmark Condominiums. She quickly immersed herself in the community, learning tai chi and painting and spending years socializing with everyone there. It’s that kind of condo community, and from her third-floor porch overlooking the pool, she chatted with everyone. “I love living here. It’s like a family here,” she told The Zebra in a May 2023 interview.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Washington, D.C. Her family notes, “She loved her condo and neighbors. She always put family first, loved animals, loved being a mom, most of all, loved life! She was always smiling and happy.

Antoinette was preceded by her husband Robert “Bob” Fischman last year. They were married 74 years. She is survived by daughters Darlene Duck and Dixie (Patrick) Turner who live in Texas, a grandson Lee Duck in California, a sister Sherine (Vincent) Emanuele, and many nieces and nephews who loved her also.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to any animal organization in her honor.

A visitation for Antoinette will be held Sunday, December 17, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151, with a eulogy service beginning at 4:00 PM.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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