On Nov. 12, 2022, Jean Morrice Wise died at rest at Wiseover, her home in northwest Allen County, attended by family.

It was the place she wanted to be, the home where her husband, Allen James Wise, spent his last living moments 40 years ago on Thanksgiving. The couple built the home, inspired by their love for American colonial architecture. Wiseover has stayed a refuge to deer, wild turkeys and other woodland creatures and the playground for a succession of collies that were always a part of the family, including Skye who remains.

Jean was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Violet Ridgway Morrice and John Pressly Morrice, and summered at her grandfather’s cottage in La Porte, Indiana with her much loved, younger brother, Jack. In the 1940s, she was chosen as the “Golden Girl” for the Purdue University marching band and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She met Allen, who grew up on a farm in Greenwood, after he returned to Purdue from World War II as a non-commissioned officer.

It may have been Magnavox that brought the couple to Fort Wayne, but soon Allen decided to use his talents as an engineer and started building and custom designing homes. Jean became an interior designer and owned Wise Designs on West Jefferson Boulevard for many years. She was a founder of the Fort Wayne Appraisers Guild. As a young couple with children, Jean and Allen performed in the Fort Wayne Follies. Together they were an act, singing and dancing an old Tin Pan Alley tune, “By the Sea.” The two collaborated on many homes and in 1981, their adaptation of Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, was featured in Colonial Homes magazine. Allen and Jean were ardent history buffs, particularly the American colonial period, and lent their time to local endeavors like the Bicentennial Commission and the design of the Old Fort.

Jean loved Fort Wayne, and always referred to Indiana as the “heartland of America.” She was a deacon and long time supporter of First Presbyterian Church, and a founding member of ARCH. She supported the Cedar Creek Wildlife Project, the Isaak Walton League, ACRES Land Trust and was a donor to Humane Fort Wayne for years. Her love of dogs, especially collies, also extended to cats and she rescued at least two of them. Black Douglas survives her and was found in the woods at Wiseover. She passed on her musical talent to her four children and to their astonishment, could sight-read complicated classical music, besides play just about anything by ear. Bagpipes thrilled her.

She is survived by her daughters Jamie Wise Duffy (John) of Fort Wayne, Jupiter, Fl and Paris, France and Nancy Ridgway Wise of Fort Wayne and Washington, D.C. and her sons, John Allen Wise of Dallas, Texas and William Pressly Wise of Fort Wayne. Four grandchildren survive Jean: William Allen Van Buren Duffy (Francene) of New York, Robert Pearson Ridgway Duffy of Washington, D.C., Allen Walter Wise (Marie) of Dallas and Mary Jean Wise Duarte (Christian) of Murphy, Texas, besides two great granddaughters, Francesca and Sofia Castillero Duffy.

“Farewell, my friends! farewell, my foes!

My peace with these, my love with those;

The bursting tears my heart declare-

Farewell, the bonie banks of Ayr!” —-Robert Burns

A memorial service to honor Jean’s life and legacy will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in McMillen Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne. The family asks that any memorial donations in her honor be directed to Humane Fort Wayne (formerly Allen County SPCA) 

Patricia “Pat” Parker, 92, beloved mother and wife, dedicated community volunteer, and positive role model to all who knew her, died August 12th surrounded by her family. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, she lived in Chicago before earning her BA at DePauw University in 1951. At DePauw, she met Maclyn “Mac” Parker of New Castle, Indiana where he first saw her leading the drum majorettes in the marching band. After marrying in 1952, Pat supported Mac at the University of Michigan Law School by working as a dietician for the Livonia School System of Detroit, and then following him across the country while Mac completed service as a naval officer, before finally landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1958. Together, they raised three children.
Pat was a dedicated community volunteer over her 64 years in Fort Wayne. She was a founder of the McMillen Health Center and served on the board for 32 years. She also served 40 years on the Rea Magnet Wire Scholarship Committee, on the board of the History Center, as President of the Junior League, and leadership roles with the Newcomers Club, Park Center, Community Foundation, Inter-Agency Alcohol and Drug Council, The Sister City Committee, First Presbyterian Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club. In 2013, Pat received the Tapestry Award from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW), an award given to one of the most outstanding volunteers in the community, as well as awards from the Junior League and McMillen Center. She was a loyal supporter of Kappa Alpha Theta, and a Jubilee 50-year member of First Presbyterian Church. Pat led an active and healthy lifestyle that was reflected in her forever youthful appearance and positive outlook. She was an enthusiastic tennis player, a long-time skier, and an avid traveler. Family was always foremost in Pat’s life. She was a devoted wife of 70 years, mother of three, and grandmother of seven.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Maclyn Parker; her children, Pamela Parker Johnson, Carole Parker and Kristi Parker Celico, and their spouses, Rodney Johnson, Dan Reicher and Mike Nelson; her grandchildren, Victoria and Christopher Johnson, Haley, William and Graham Reicher, and Sasha and Samuel Celico. She will be deeply missed by the many friends and family who will remember her “up” attitude, her community spirit, and her passionate devotion.
A public memorial service will be held September 12th at 11 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, followed by a private reception and burial service. Visitation will also be held from 2 to 6pm, Sunday, September 11, 2022, at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made to the Pat Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund at McMillen Health Center.

Will graduated as a chemical engineer in 1961 from Cornell University, where he met his wife, Ginny Buchanan Clark. He subsequently served in the US Navy, worked for Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis and Chicago, and Central Soya here in Fort Wayne. Following the sale of Central Soya, Mr. Clark worked as the President and CEO of IPC Genetics, as the general manager of Communications Alert, and as the general manager of the MPI Furnace Company. While he worked hard and was a dedicated company man for many decades, in the end, he was a community man who used his strong voice to promote social justice and the arts in Fort Wayne.
He served as Chairman of the Board for United Way of Allen County, the Urban League of Fort Wayne, the East Wayne Street Center, the East Central Housing Corporation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Indiana Arts Commission, and served on the board of the Indiana Humanities Council.
Will was a long-time, active member at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne.
In 2002 he founded the Racial Dialog Task Force and Study Circle Program in Fort Wayne to address race relations locally. Participation in Study Circles provided an opportunity for Black and White people to come together in order to promote better relationships and friendships. Improving race relations was a passion he felt deeply and shared widely. He was a founding member of the African/African-American Historical Society Museum in Fort Wayne. He shared that, of all his accolades, he was most proud of his award as “Honorary African American.”
He received a Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2004, the highest given to citizens of Indiana, in recognition of his many activities in support of the arts and human rights in Fort Wayne and across the state of Indiana.
After his retirement, Will began to explore his artistic side. He took up the violin and spent hours playing. He serenaded the sunset in Pentwater and played happy birthday for all his family as we gathered in Michigan each summer. He had a list of songs he sang while strumming his guitar (always in the key of C), and he recorded a CD of some of those for his family.
In addition to pursuing the violin and guitar, Will read and wrote poetry and began to sculpt with encouragement by his friend Frederica Newell. He sculpted busts of Americans he admired, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and last, but not least, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 2005 he was commissioned by the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne to sculpt a bust of another of his heroes, Abraham Lincoln. That sculpture is now at the Allen County Public Library where it is displayed in the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research in the main library, open for public viewing.
In 2008, he and friend George Morrision were awarded the honor of creating a memorial plaza to Abraham Lincoln by the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Will’s larger than life bronze sculpture of Lincoln resides today at the Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana.
Another of Will’s passions in the last thirty years has been looking for ways to increase the quality of education. He collected books and articles about education and filled several file drawers on the subject. He tutored reading in the early elementary grades in Fort Wayne Community Schools and was mom’s biggest cheerleader for her focus on early education. Will understood the power of education to change lives and worked with multiple groups of people to expand access to quality education for those whose access is limited. In September, 2011, working with the CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League, he became the Chair of the Founding Board of the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy Charter School in Fort Wayne.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Ginny Buchanan Clark; his four children, Alison (Max) Levy of Burlington, VT; Brian Clark (Liz Banse) of Seattle, WA; David (Bara) Clark of Prague, CZ, and Stanton Clark of Vallejo, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Clark McNabb of Newport News, VA. He will be greatly missed by his eight grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews around the country. Recently Will beamed when he learned he would be a great-grandpa for the first time this coming winter. We’re all sorry he won’t be here to meet the little one. We know he would have loved them as he did all of us and been a good…no…great great-grandpa!
The world is a better place for having Will Clark in it. His children and grandchildren are better people for the example he set for all of us of what it means to truly work for the benefit of those less fortunate than we are.

A Memorial Service for Will Clark will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 27, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne. We welcome you to us as we remember and celebrate Will’s life. To honor his commitment to improving opportunities for others, in lieu of flowers, contributions to The BookStart Endowment Fund at the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, or to First Presbyterian Church, would be welcomed and appreciated by his family. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home 8325 Covington Road. Fort Wayne, IN. To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com. You may also visit Caring Bridge to see his journey.  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/willisclark

DANIEL F. MICHNAY, 84, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 19, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Michnay. He worked as an Electrical Engineer, Military Communications, retiring from ITT (Harris) after 41 years of service. He held degrees from Case Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Indiana University. Dan loved music and for many years, sang in the choir as a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a lifelong ham radio operator after establishing the hobby early in life and enjoyed spending summers with his family at the cottage in Canada. Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine Michnay; three daughters, Laura, Sharon (John) and Susan (Erik); and two grandchildren, Marlena and Noah. He was preceded in death by brothers, Andrew and Carl; and sisters, Margaret, Irene, Helen and Agnes. A private family service will take place later this year. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. www.firstpresfortwayne.org and Stillwater Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. www.vnfw.org/donate

DORIS ANDERSON MATHER, 84, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Born on Dec. 10, 1937 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she was raised in Trenton, N.J. She attended Beaver College in suburban Philadelphia. While working on an undergraduate degree in Christian Education and completing fieldwork at Abington Presbyterian Church, she met the Rev. George Ross Mather, the church’s newly hired associate pastor. They married in 1958, and lived in Ewing Township, N.J. Doris was one of the first women to attend Princeton Theological Seminary but was unable to complete her Master of Divinity before George was called to serve as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Wayne, in 1971. While raising two young children, Doris commuted to Ball State University where she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. For several years Doris worked at West Central Neighborhood Association, now Wellspring, providing community counseling. In 1984, she became a chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center where she served for 15 years. Her warm demeanor and strong faith were felt by those she helped, as much of her professional counseling focused on death and dying. Knowing she was the one who often called people with sad news, Doris’ family appreciated that she started every phone call with a warm “we’re fine” before getting to the reason for her telephone call. During her career, Doris was a consultant at Lancaster Theological Seminary conducting workshops for clergy in life career planning. She was the creator and leader of “The Befriender Training Program” for clergy and laity and she conducted “Life Enhancement and Planning” retreats for clergy wives throughout the country. Doris was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, where she helped start the Samaritan Training program, served on the Session as an elder, managed the Chapel Bookstore and volunteered as a lay Associate for Pastoral Care. Doris was former President of the Interreligious Action Council, member of the Board of Directors of Associated Churches and member of the Whitewater Valley Presbytery’s Committee on Church and Society. Doris was proud of her Norwegian ancestry and was an enthusiastic member of Skandia Club. She led an active life that reflected her varied interests. She enjoyed entertaining, playing tennis and cards, and was a voracious reader. Doris loved to travel and was a life-long learner, often participating in Road Scholar programs throughout the United States and the world. Photography and music were a big part of her life as she played recorders with husband George and held season tickets to most musical series in Fort Wayne. Doris leaves behind her daughter, Catherine (Dwight) Mather-Grimes of Fort Wayne, and their children, Emma Elizabeth and Ethan Ross; son, Geoffrey (Ellen) Mather of Albuquerque, N.M., and their children, Elizabeth Evans and Luke Anderson. She is also survived by nephew, Drew Elliott; and nieces, Caroline Feinstein and Jane Manock. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Gunder Anderson and Esther Thompson Anderson; sister, Marjorie Anderson Elliott; first husband, the Rev. Dr. George R. Mather; and second husband, Rev. Luther Strasen. A memorial service to celebrate her life is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, followed by a reception in McKay Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne or Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, N.M.



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DORIS ANDERSON MATHER, 84, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Born on Dec. 10, 1937 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she was raised in Trenton, N.J. She attended Beaver College in suburban Philadelphia. While working on an undergraduate degree in Christian Education and completing fieldwork at Abington Presbyterian Church, she met the Rev. George Ross Mather, the church’s newly hired associate pastor. They married in 1958, and lived in Ewing Township, N.J. Doris was one of the first women to attend Princeton Theological Seminary but was unable to complete her Master of Divinity before George was called to serve as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Wayne, in 1971. While raising two young children, Doris commuted to Ball State University where she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. For several years Doris worked at West Central Neighborhood Association, now Wellspring, providing community counseling. In 1984, she became a chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center where she served for 15 years. Her warm demeanor and strong faith were felt by those she helped, as much of her professional counseling focused on death and dying. Knowing she was the one who often called people with sad news, Doris’ family appreciated that she started every phone call with a warm “we’re fine” before getting to the reason for her telephone call. During her career, Doris was a consultant at Lancaster Theological Seminary conducting workshops for clergy in life career planning. She was the creator and leader of “The Befriender Training Program” for clergy and laity and she conducted “Life Enhancement and Planning” retreats for clergy wives throughout the country. Doris was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, where she helped start the Samaritan Training program, served on the Session as an elder, managed the Chapel Bookstore and volunteered as a lay Associate for Pastoral Care. Doris was former President of the Interreligious Action Council, member of the Board of Directors of Associated Churches and member of the Whitewater Valley Presbytery’s Committee on Church and Society. Doris was proud of her Norwegian ancestry and was an enthusiastic member of Skandia Club. She led an active life that reflected her varied interests. She enjoyed entertaining, playing tennis and cards, and was a voracious reader. Doris loved to travel and was a life-long learner, often participating in Road Scholar programs throughout the United States and the world. Photography and music were a big part of her life as she played recorders with husband George and held season tickets to most musical series in Fort Wayne. Doris leaves behind her daughter, Catherine (Dwight) Mather-Grimes of Fort Wayne, and their children, Emma Elizabeth and Ethan Ross; son, Geoffrey (Ellen) Mather of Albuquerque, N.M., and their children, Elizabeth Evans and Luke Anderson. She is also survived by nephew, Drew Elliott; and nieces, Caroline Feinstein and Jane Manock. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Gunder Anderson and Esther Thompson Anderson; sister, Marjorie Anderson Elliott; first husband, the Rev. Dr. George R. Mather; and second husband, Rev. Luther Strasen. A memorial service to celebrate her life is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, followed by a reception in McKay Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne or Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, N.M.

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