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Myrtle J. Darstein died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
Born May 22, 1919, in Durango, Colo., she was the daughter of Frank and Louise (Dornte) Frech.
Myrtle became a lifelong resident of Aboite Township when the family returned to Fort Wayne in 1932.
She attended Bullard School and graduated from Arcola High School in 1937. Myrtle was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. She will forever be remembered for her graciousness, kindness, strength, love and humor.
Surviving relatives include her sons, Schuyler (Jean) Darstein of Pfafftown, N.C. and Keith (Donna) Darstein of Columbia City; daughters, Karen Brindel and Ruth Darstein, both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Nowell (Angela) Darstein, Alyssa Darstein, Lynn (Eric) Merrill, Jeff (Missy Stair) Darstein, Melody (John) Brink, Adam (TaResa) Brindel, Cassandra (Bryan) Kelley, Solomon Lin and Priscilla Lin; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lucille FrechÂ and loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Darstein; infant son, Kenneth Darstein and brother, Henry Frech.
Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity English Lutheran Church with calling one hour prior to the service. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Klaehn Funeral Home on West Wayne St. Interment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church.
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