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    - Jerry & Elaine Gaff
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JOANN L. (OETTING) RICE, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Parkview Hospital. At her side were her husband of 41 years, Danny Rice and four sisters. She worked at Shamban Plastics and Lincoln Nation Bank before starting a family. Joann enjoyed helping her family and was always there when she was needed. She made almost monthly trips to Livonia, Mich. to support and help her daughter with the three grandchildren she treasured. Joann also loved family game nights with her nephew and niece, Joshua and Jessica Majors. She enjoyed travel throughout the U.S. but her travels to Hawaii were always her favorite. The summer months were filled with sailing and kayaking. They were active members of Sowles Bay Yacht Club on Lake James. They had also been members of the Crow's Nest on Lake Wawasee for 20 years. Bicycling was another favorite activity that Joann enjoyed daily with her loving husband. Joann was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne and the first born daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Oetting formerly of Fort Wayne. She is survived by her husband, Danny Rice; one daughter, Heather (Tim) Schroeder of Livonia, Mich.; three grandchildren, Austin, Alyssa and Sierra; and sisters, Linda (John) Gospodarek, Diane (Michael) Cocks, Doris (Lowell) Scheumann, and Ronda Oetting Majors. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends as well. "We hope everyone will remember her by all the family parties as well as reunions she attended and enjoyed. Her last three months on earth were a struggle and she was determined to fight. She was an inspiration to all that shared time with her." Please join family and friends in a memorial celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46825), (260)426-9494, with visiting hours starting at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the "Joann L. Rice Autism Trust for Austin Schroeder", 12824 Crystal Creek Pkwy, Fort Wayne, IN 46845. To sign the online register book, visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on July 8, 2014
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