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LOUISE W. McCRACKEN

LOUISE W. McCRACKEN, 74, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. "She was the heart and soul of the McCracken family; her children and grandchildren will miss her more than they can say and will always hold her close in their hearts." Born in Wabash, Ind., she was an English teacher, and she put those skills to good use as the office manager of McCracken Camps. Louise was a longtime member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she was an active elder; she was involved with Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Tri Kappa Sorority, Aboite River Woman's Club, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International, Joy in the Mourning, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program. She enjoyed playing Bridge, cheering for IU basketball, working for McCracken Camps, and paddling a canoe in Minnesota. Most of all, 'Weezie' loved being with her family and friends. She loved cheering on her grandchildren from the bleachers, sitting on the porch visiting, walking along the beach, and spending time at the lake. Surviving are her daughters, Virginia "Ginny" (Andy) Vogel of Bluffton, Cathy (Todd) German and Mary (David) Tyndall, both of Fort Wayne; brother, Max (Carol) Wilke of Fishers, Ind.; and grandchildren, Lynn, Rachel, Andrea, Katie, David, Grace, Sam and Jack. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, David B. McCracken, in 2001. Service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road, with calling one hour prior. The Reverend Christopher Kirwan officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Graveside service 10 a.m. Monday Dec. 24, 2012, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hall, Ind. Memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build 2013 or Grace Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, serving charities in Allen County and around the world. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 21, 2012
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