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HELEN LOUISE VanCUREN BLACKLEDGE, 107, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne. Born Aug. 23, 1907, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Estella E. Shina barger VanCuren and Leroy E. VanCuren. Helen is survived by her two sons, David William (Diana Wiley) Blackledge and Robert Donald (Sally McCol lum) Blackledge; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchild ren; three great-great-grand children; three nieces; and many friends and former students. A Celebration of Helen's Life is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46819). All are welcome to attend. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 14, 2014.
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October 25, 2014
Mrs Blackledge was the first principal I served under after graduating from Manchester College in 1958. She was gracious, kind,so encouraging, a perfect mentor for a first year teacher. I never knew of her past experiences until tonight when I looked her up on my IPad. What a beautiful lady. She certainly influenced my 33 year career as a teacher near Dayton, Ohio.
Nancy Kinniso
October 16, 2014
By far, the finest teacher that I ever had through elementary,secondary,high school,college, and law school. She was my 4th grade teacher at Price and we both were avid basketball and sports fans. Truly the only teacher that impacted my life.
Tom Biggs
October 15, 2014
I too was a student at Southern Heights. What a lovely lady she was, my mother Margaret Leakey just loved her too. They are for sure together right now talking and laughing.
October 15, 2014
Helen was first my mother's friend and chauffeur to their AAUW International Relations group. Many years later my husband and I shared in an AAUW Great Decisions group with her. She helped and inspired us with her world view. What a wonderful spirit and intellect she showed. We share in your sense of loss.
Martha Weatherford
October 15, 2014
My dad taught under Mrs. Blackledge when at Southern Heights and her recommendation helped him get promoted to the principals position he held for many years. She was a wonderful lady and a good friend to our family!
Kit Anderson
October 15, 2014
A celebration of life. Mrs. Blackledge touched many lives in her teaching years.
My husband and I both remember her as a teacher. She leaves a legacy of education.
Nadine Strebog
October 15, 2014
I was a student of Mrs. Blackledge at James Smart school. She was a very kind and gentle teacher,and she made it a joy to come to school. M.J. Barbier
October 14, 2014
To the family,
Sorry for your loss and all the pain you are experiencing at this difficult time. May you find comfort and peace from our Loving God who is the God of all comfort in your time of need.
October 14, 2014
Mrs. Blackledge was the principal of Southern Heights when I was a student. Loved her as a principal, and remember when Martin Luther King was killed, she did an "all call" on the classroom speakers and asked us to pray for his family and our country. I was in 3rd grade, and that memory remains vivid. Mrs. Blackledge attended the worship service when I was ordained a Presbyterian minister, and I have been blessed to visit her, now and then, in Fort Wayne. She was always kind, gracious, and challenged all of us to be the best we can be. Prayers to the family, and thank you for sharing her with all of us. She touched our lives, our hearts, and created a place of learning and welcome! She will be missed, but what a wonderful life she lived!
Gretchen Schneider
October 14, 2014
What a life this wonderful woman has had - 107 years, that is rare. It has been an absolute privilege knowing Miss Helen for the past 30 years. I met her when I worked at Pro Fed and then, became very good friends with her while I was at Kingston. I loved her spunk and openness, her laugh and joyful soul. She will be greatly missed. You, the family must be very proud of your Mother, Grandmother, Great and Great-great Grandmother. Not many folks see those many years and that many generations. God Bless you all richly and give you peace.
Patti Kuntz
October 14, 2014
I enjoyed servicing her plumbing needs for many years in her home in Lincolnshire, which was the former residence of its builder, Jack Worthman.
Otto Bergman
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