Our deepest condolences go to the family of Chun Hui Kim, mother of Diana Wyss, who passed away on June 15. Chun Hui was a member of First Pres for 43 years, a KLM attendee. A private memorial service for Chun Hui will be held on June 19 at Midwest Funeral Home. Please keep Diana and Jaison Wyss and family in your prayers. 

Carolyn was born to Lewis and Isabelle East in Huntington, Indiana. Her family moved to Richmond, Indiana, where she later graduated from Richmond High School. She attended Indiana University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and met her first husband, Lewis C. Finch. They were married from 1952 until his death in 1984. They lived in North Manchester and Fort Wayne. Together, they established Finch Air Controls, Inc. and raised three children. In 1991, Carolyn married Henry W. Ford. They enjoyed 21 years together until his passing in 2014.

Carolyn was a jubilee member of First Presbyterian Church, an elder, and a founding member of “Table Talk” . She served as a school board member for SWAC schools, was a 19 year volunteer for Park Center, and a member of Kekionga Voyagers. Carolyn has been an active resident of the Towne House, Fort Wayne, IN. Her servant spirit followed her wherever she went. She shared her gifts and talents freely.

Carolyn is survived by her sister, Jane East (Stephen Wailes) Bloomington, IN., children; John L. Finch (Fort Wayne), Laura Finch-Baker (Jim) Anderson, Pete C. Finch (Julie), Cadillac, MI. also, Doug (Carol) Ford and Kristina Ford (Chuck Noerenberg), all of MN. Grandchildren; Zack Durnell (Kaylee) of Pendleton, Lewis Finch of Traverse City, MI, Trevor Finch of Fort Wayne, Aline Finch of Cadillac, MI, and Austin Baker of Anderson. Her two great-granddaughters are Ava and Oaklee.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will take place on Thursday, June 10th at First Presbyterian Church (300 West Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802) at 2:30 PM. The family will greet friends in the Narthex one hour before the service, and again immediately following the service. The service will be livestreamed through this church website. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to First Presbyterian Church (Ft. Wayne) or to Miniwanca Summer Seminar for Women (https://ayf.com/support/ways-to-donate/). Her remains will be interred at a later date at a family plot in Greenfield, IN.SEE LESS

Mary Elizabeth Maus, 99, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Mary, an active P.E.O. member, was an accomplished seamstress, loved tatting, knitting, quilting and collecting miniature oil lamps. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Galen R. Maus. Mary is survived by her three sons, Alvin C. (Joan) Maus of Round Rock, Texas, John C. (Ines) Maus of Clearwater, Fla., and David L. (Judy) Maus of Harlan, Ind.; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday June 18, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Interment will be in the columbarium at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to the church.

Marion was born on June 6, 1927, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of Roland Cole and Christine Lindsey. She married Vern Donald Ward on August 21, 1948, and remained his wife until his passing in January, 2020.

Marion and Vern started their business, Ward Pattern & Engineering, on May 18, 1964, with three employees on Growth Avenue in Fort Wayne. They continued to invest all of their resources into the business, and added a foundry (Ward Aluminum Casting) in 1978, a machining operation (Ward Production Machine) in 1985, and a heat treat operation (Ward Heat Treating) on Cook Road in 1989.

Over the years and decades of their lives and business, Marion and Vern employed thousands of local employees, and took special pride in helping many of them, and their families. Many of these employees remained at the Ward Corporation for their entire working lives, and many still do to this day.
Marion was involved with the Young JCs, and volunteered at the YMCA, helping disabled children learn to swim. She enjoyed ceramics, raising weimaraners, and competing at national dog shows.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vern, and her son Vern Donald II. Her surviving children are sons Roland Ward (Bradenton, FL), and Chris Ward (Fort Wayne), and daughters Beth Rademaker (Ed) (Fort Wayne), and Mary Jo Atkins (Tim) (Fort Wayne). She also has many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren.
Marion’s lifelong motto was “If you rest, you rust”.

Services or memorials are pending.
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