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JOAN RETHA (SNYDER) KLENKE, 88, of Fort Wayne, was called home by her Savior on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. She was the eldest daughter of James and Alma (Van horn) Snyder. She graduated with the class of 1948 from Central High School. She worked for Fort Wayne Paint and Wallpaper Company, then Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. In 1991, she retired from the office of Dr. Gregory Stouder after 20 years of service. After a short retirement she worked for Lutheran Hospital in Telecommunications for 12 years, finally retiring from there in 2010. Joan was a member of Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1964. She volunteered at Mount Calvary Lutheran School as the secretary in the late 1960's. She was elected as vice president and president of both the Parent Teacher League and the church's Ladies Auxiliary. She was a faithful member of the choir for over 40 years and served over 30 years on the Alters Guild. She also felt honored when she was elected as the first woman on the school board. She was a cancer survivor for 11 years. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles W. Klenke Jr.; three daughters, Dianne Diehl of Huntington, Patricia (John) Norris of Roanoke and Jennifer (Mark) Christlieb of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Dawn (Scott) Anders of Huntington, Christopher (Angela) Diehl of Huntington, David (Kara) Roth of Fort Stewart, Ga., and James (Keitra Duff) Roth of Fort Wayne; 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren who were the loves of her life. She loved family celebrations with all the family and hope the family will carry her in their hearts. She was preceded in death by her parents; younger sister, Leila Stiles; son, Richard Wayne; and grandson, Andrew Richard Roth. A Celebration of Life service is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive, Fort Wayne, with one hour calling before the service. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the church. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens at a later date. Preferred memorial contributions may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Visiting Nurse or Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 4, 2018