Estella Fett was one of 7 siblings born into a German-Austrian family in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Formative childhood experiences included 6 children quarantined for 2 months in the family home with diphtheria during an epidemic, with herbal teas, bone/vegetable broth, and prayer curing them all. By age 5, Estella was helping cook the nourishing meals that underpinned the family, with menus frequently including hot slaw, mashed potatoes, succotash, dandelion greens, puffball mushrooms, sourdough bread, custard, and sugar pie. Family gardens, wild plant foraging, and a flock of chickens provided the foods.
On a full scholarship, for two years, Estella studied engineering at Wesleyan College in West Virginia where she excelled in women’s sports and newspaper editing. She married Alvin Fett and proudly shared life with three daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandsons who succeed her: Laryl Fett, Jenifer Lowden, and Diedre Garrity (Michael). Her progeny also includes grandchildren Kyle Lowden (Amy), Kody Lowden, Gabriel Garrity (Jenny), Moriah Theobald (Chris), Eleisah Hernandez (Jesus) and two great-grandsons, Kayden Lowden and Artist Hernandez.
Adjectives frequently used to describe Estella include good-friend, determined, smart, sweet, generous, resilient, optimistic, brave, and loving. With her beloved daughters, she relished countless conversations, limitless laughter, scores of secrets and a gazillion giggles (many at the most inappropriate times!). An avid reader, she believed in lifelong learning and in living your beliefs and she instilled these qualities in her offspring. She marched for voting rights in the 60’s; she learned and practiced yoga and tai chi in the 70’s; in the 80’s, she competed in and won 6 gold medals in the Indiana Senior Olympics; and in the 90’s, she was an art museum docent and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Estella was a 60-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne and served her church as Deacon, Ambassador, Book Store Staff, Stephen’s Ministry Counselor and in various roles with the Smock Senior Ministry. She was a cheerleader for and helper of the less fortunate. She took the biblical injunctions to feed the hungry as her calling, working as volunteer over two decades with the St. Mary Soup Kitchen and the Wellspring Interfaith Social Services Food Bank. In her later years, Estella continued her ministry through letter writing, often including uplifting spiritual quotes in the letters.
There could be no more fitting memorial for Estella than donations made in her name to your local soup kitchen or food bank. If you feel drawn to do so, we, Estella’s family, sincerely thank you.
When we, family members, miss Mom/Grammy/GG, we will read her multiple journals and smile so big and weep in gratitude because the words of wisdom will be just what we need. Family will memorialize Estella by perusing those journals and putting together a booklet of quotes inside that supported and uplifted her over her lifetime. We will gift the booklet to any who knew and/or prayed for Estella over the 34,956 days she graced this earth.

Myra Mae McFarland, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at home. Myra was born on August 2, 1945, in Bluffton, daughter of J. Howard and Eloda (Gaskill) McFarland, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Pennville and Portland. She graduated from Portland High School and Indiana University, where she was a member of the Indiana Daily Student staff, her first journalism job. She moved to Fort Wayne after her graduation in 1967 where she lived for the rest of her life. Her professional life included working for the City of Fort Wayne, but probably her deepest ties were formed with journalism when she worked for the Journal Gazette, with stints as consumer affairs reporter and feature writer. She later worked in production at Fort Wayne Newspapers and in other jobs in the community. A love of writing, mysteries and small town life culminated in “Cold Customer,” a mystery novel, published in 2018. With dashes of 1930s local history and a knowledge of how key newspapers were to that life, she wove a tale of a young reporter who inadvertently becomes a detective. Myra was well-known and well-loved by her community theater family. From the 1970s to the present she could be found acting on the stage, or working on a running crew, running a light board or a sound board, or stage-managing productions at whatever theater needed her talents. In recent years, Myra was accompanied by adopted dogs and cats. Her dogs were not the cute puppies but older dogs who weren’t perfect and needed the loving, patient care she provided. Minnie and Midnight now are being care for by others. Many friends benefited from her skill as a seamstress and quilter. Her work will decorate homes for many years. The Allen County Public Library, especially the main branch, was one of her favorite spots in Fort Wayne. Wandering the stacks always brought her joy – and sent her home with many books. She cheered for IU basketball, the Indianapolis Colts and Tincaps, but her biggest sports love was baseball especially the Cincinnati Reds. No matter where she lived, Myra managed a small garden to grow and harvest her favorite summer vegetables. She was a faithful voter and Democrat, taking seriously her responsibilities as a citizen. She served The First Presbyterian Church as an elder, as well as active participant and worshiper. Private services. Memorials are being collected by First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne IN 46802. These gifts will be used to defray funeral expenses and the celebration of life. Memorials may also be given through the church’s website.
George Edmund Cadarette, age 70, of Fort Wayne, died July 30, 2020 at home. Mr. Cadarette was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on December 23, 1949 to Edmund T. Cadarette and Florence B. (Fredette) Cadarette. He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. 
Survivors include: Wife, Julie Cadarette of Fort Wayne; Brother, Dennis Cadarette of Canada.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pauline.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 11:00am Saturday, August 15, with visitation starting at 10:00am.
Carolyn B. Schloss, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at North woods Memory Care surrounded by her family. Born in Anderson, Ind., July 26, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Baker. Carolyn grew up on a farm outside of Daleville, Ind., and attended the same school Kindergarten through grade 12. She then attended Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music for her undergraduate degree and Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne for her Masters. Carolyn taught Elementary Music Education at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 20 years, and then worked at Kids at Heart retail store after her retirement. She was a Jubilee member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served on various committees. During her retirement, she volunteered many places including The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Parkview Hospital and the Embassy Theatre. She was an avid fan of Indiana University Basketball. Carolyn’s world was mostly centered around her children and grandchildren and she enjoyed spending summers at Lake Wawasee. She will be remembered for being a loving and warm mother / grandmother with a passion for playing the piano. She is survived by her daughters, Krista (John Maxson) Schloss and Susan Koenemann; sons, Phil Schloss and Robert (Lisa) Schloss; and 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Schloss, in 2001. Memorial contributions may be made to The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, the First Presbyterian Church, or New Song Mission of Columbus. A private family service has been scheduled. Arrangements entrusted to D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home.

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