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Luella M (Hanauer) Fortman

April 9, 1922 ~ November 29, 2018 (age 96)

Auburn – Luella M Fortman, 96 of Auburn died Thursday November 29, 2018 at DeKalb Health in Auburn. She was born April 9, 1922 in Wallen, IN in Allen County to Walter I and Grace E (Oswald) Hanauer. She graduated from Northside High School in 1941. She married Charles Widner on February 21, 1945 and they had 3 children, Dan, Larry and Bev. Luella was a Homemaker and Licensed Insurance Agent. She was a member of the Auburn First United Methodist Church and the Grace Circle of the church. She was a charter member of Washington Township Fireman’s Auxiliary and a member of the Garrett Eagles Auxiliary. She served as Superintendent of the Culinary Department of the DeKalb County Fair for 20 years. She belonged to the Friendship Club, Senior Dance Club and was a former member of the Worthwhile Home Extension Club for 40 years. Her hobbies include gardening, fishing, Square Dancing and playing cards. Most of all she loved her children and grandchildren and cherished the time spent with them. She married Robert P Fortman on September 11, 1982 in Auburn and he died on February 1, 1998. Surviving are 2 sons and a daughter, Larry C (Hope) Widner of Auburn, Beverly G (Tim Stout) Oberlin of Auburn and Jim (Cindy) Fortman of Huntertown; 6 grandchildren, Angi (David) Kidd of Naples, FL, Libby (Tom) Ludwig of San Francisco, CA, Sara (Dan) VanAuken of Auburn, Lesley Oberlin of Auburn, Michael (Kelly Page) Oberlin of Huntertown, Katie (Dan) Ramsey of Fort Wayne and 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Betty E Bradtmueller of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Daniel E Widner, 2 brothers, Harper E Hanauer and Earl W Hanauer. Services will be 11 am Monday December 3, 2018 at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center Street, Auburn, IN with Rev Grant Merrell officiating. Burial will follow the service in Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn. Calling is 2 to 6 Sunday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials can be given in Luella’s name to Auburn First United Methodist Church or Parkinson’s Foundation. To send condolences visit

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