Hanni Fuller passed away peacefully at her home in Medford on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Born Hanni Diessner 1930 in Leipzig, Germany, 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 educations was interrupted by the war, but such experience was an education in itself. She told wonderful stories of that life. She married Gerhardt Butter in 1952. They escaped to West Germany in 1956, stayed two years in West Germany and then took a ship over to the USA. They settled in the San Francisco area where Hanni's Aunt Frieda lived.
With a flair for business and very focused effort, she and Gerhardt built a Michelin service dealership for tires and alignment. Besides the business and keeping her home, Hanni also became a real estate agent and investor. She and Gerhardt divorced in 1984.
She married George Fuller in 1986, and shortly thereafter they bought property near Lost Creek Lake and built their dream home there. She continued her love of real estate while in the Rogue Valley area.
Hanni was a patriot, she loved the 4th of July, marched in the parades, and gave great parties. Her Christmas parties were famous also. She was an accomplished skier, singer, avid poker player, loved animals and was a contributor to Wildlife Images. She was known for her personal interest in helping others and always being so cheerful. She was a wonderful friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband George. In Germany, she has sisters Andrea and Sylvia and sister-in-law, Christa. In California, she has step-children, Jon, Susan and Lisa Pilapinko. Also grand-stepchildren, Rebeccah, Ian, Bryneth and Mary. A Memorial Service is planned for a later date. Donations may be made to Wildlife Images.