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MARGANELLE RUTH (APPLEGATE) HENRY, 89, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in her family home. Born with a servant's heart in Yorktown, Ind., on May 31, 1929, Margie dedicated herself to the care of others. She attended both North Side and Central Catholic High Schools in Fort Wayne where she loved working on the yearbooks and where she made many lifelong friends. It was at a CYA dance where she met the man to whom she'd be forever devoted, Jerome Francis Henry. Margie was beautiful and creative, and though she modeled briefly and longed to go to art school, her whirlwind romance (including a toboggan date at Pokagon State Park) took center stage and Margie and Jerry were wed on Aug. 20, 1949, at St. Jude Catholic Church. And so began Margie's lifelong legacy of love. A seamstress, a painter, and a poet, her proudest creations were her eleven sons and six daughters, none of whom can imagine a world without her. Margie's entire life was a labor of love, and in her memory, the family asks that you love and care for your friends as well as strangers, your families and yourselves. Left to live up to her legacy of love are her children, Jerome F. (Becky) Henry Jr., Thomas (Cindy), Paula (Bill) Bentley, Tony (Susan), Andrea (Ramon) Navarro, Denise (Bill) Wenzel, Erik, Matthew (Anne), Martin (Vicki), Kurt, Karl, Sonya Witte, Louis (Brenda), Christopher (Carolyn), Lisa (Mark) Canada, and Jessica. She adored all of her 55 grandchildren and 95 great- grandchildren who will cherish her memory. Surviving also are her siblings, Marney Shaffer, Michael (Judy) and Bill (Kathy) Applegate; as well as her in-laws, Morton Henry and Carol Venderley. In addition to these, she'll be missed by her trusted companion cats, Fritz and Boo and her loyal dog, Baxter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Genevieve Applegate; her treasured big brother, Cam Applegate; beloved son-in-law, John Witte; adored grandchildren, Paul Michael Navarro and Maria Henry; and her dear son, Timothy Henry. Best of all, she has been reunited with her cherished husband of 59 years, Jerry, who died in 2008. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Burial at the Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Allen County S.P.C.A. or Miss Virginia's would be greatly appreciated. Finally, the family wishes to acknowledge four very important people in Margie's life: Jonilda Blair, Daisy Malcolm, Samantha Sharlach and Tammi Vachon. "These women cared for our mother as if she were their own for many years, and we are forever grateful to them for their love and devotion to our Mom." To sign the online guestbook, visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2018