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MARCEIL ESTHER "MARCY" KANNING, 87, went to her eternal home on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Born March 17, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Ind., Marcy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear friend. She was a lifelong teacher, serving at several Lutheran schools in Fort Wayne. For many years she taught fourth graders at Holy Cross Lutheran School, and was frequently cited as a "favorite" teacher by former students across multiple generations. In her retirement, Marcy was an active volunteer at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, especially with their Senior Saints ministry and the choir. She also enjoyed golfing, shopping, needlework, and her pets. After graduating from Concordia Lutheran High School, she attended Concordia College River Forest before starting her teaching career. In mid-career she decided to complete her Bachelor's Degree at St. Francis College, and then went on to earn a Master's Degree there also. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Glenn; daughters, Kay Lynn (Joe) Isca of Fort Wayne and Colleen (Rick) Tatman of Tyler, Texas, grandchildren Joe (Meagan) Isca, James (Jessica) Isca, Jonathan (Nicole) Isca, Rachel Isca, Paige Tatman and Zach Tatman; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, Arnold and Lucy (Monroe) Keller. The family would like to thank the staff at Lutheran Life Villages for their compassionate care for Marcy in the last few years of her life. Private Services will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Preferred memorials to Lutheran Life Villages Foundation in memory of Marcy Kanning. Arrangements by Fairhaven Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 21, 2020
Glenn and family
Memories of Marcy are a friend, coworker, teacher for our children.
She taught all of so much about serving her Savior as she taught so many students at Holy Cross. She gave Christian guidance to students, coworkers, parents, and all who she met. Our prayers are with family who deeply miss her but also rejoice as she is with her Savior.

Gene & Carolyn Smith
Gene & Carolyn Smith
October 19, 2020
So enjoyed teaching with Marcie during all of my years at Holy Cross. She always had good, kind things to say about students and fellow staff members. Rest In Peace dear Marcie.
Mary WidenhoferHeyse
October 19, 2020
I was one of the lucky ones to have had her as a teacher. She was truly one of the great ones. I’ll always remember her kindly.
Paul Price
October 18, 2020
Mrs. Kanning was my favorite teacher at Holy Cross. I learned to love reading from her. She would read to us before recess and we would beg for another chapter. I later read the same books aloud to my children and remembered her. I am now a professor and writer, and I am grateful to her for her nurturing presence as a teacher and the love of words that she inspired in me and in so many others.
Amy Koehlinger
October 18, 2020
Dear Glenn and Family,

I am sorry to hear about Marceil. I know she is safe in her heavenly home but it is still so hard to say goodbye. I was just recently thinking about the Kellers when I saw a house for sale on Rumsey. Please know I am thinking of all of you.

Marcia Ellenwood Tinkel
Marcia A Tinkel
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