Shirley Ann (Ferguson) Weissert

  • Died: July 27, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family


Shirley Ann (Ferguson) Weissert, age 86, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2019 surrounded by her husband and children. She was born on November 4, 1932 in Columbia City, IN to Floyd Ferguson and Mildred (Hufman) Ferguson, who predeceased her. Shirley graduated from Columbia City High School and earned both bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University. At IU, she was President of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Vice Chairman of the IU Student Foundation. Shirley met her husband, Martin Weissert of South Bend, IN, while they were students at IU. They were married in 1954, and made their first home in Houston, TX where Martin was stationed on active duty as a navigator in the Air Force. The couple returned to IU and Bloomington while Martin earned his law degree and Shirley taught in the IU School of Education Laboratory School. In 1960, the couple moved to Fort Wayne which has been their home ever since. On August 15, they would have been married 65 years. Shirley was a teacher in the Fort Wayne school system and extremely active in civic affairs. She served as President of the Fort Wayne Community School Board, Chairman of the Allen County Board of Zoning Appeals, Vice Chair of the Allen County Plan Commission, and on the Boards of the Fort Wayne Schools' Building Corporation, Parkview Hospital, the Museum of Art, the Limberlost Girl Scout Council, and the YWCA Foundation. For her lengthy service on the Allen County planning and zoning boards, she was named Outstanding Planner of Indiana by the Indiana Planning Association. She was also active in social and philanthropic organizations, including the American Association of University Women, Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and the Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Shirley and her husband were long time members of the Fort Wayne Country Club where they were enthusiastic golfers. Shirley was a faithful member of Trinity English Lutheran Church throughout her lifetime in Fort Wayne. Shirley is survived by her husband, her daughter Teresa Tuerff (Tim) of McLean, VA, son Andrew Weissert (Frances) of Marietta, GA, and grandchildren David Tuerff (Meghan) of Houston, TX, Daniel Tuerff of Winston-Salem, NC, Stephen Tuerff of McLean, VA, Emily Weissert of Atlanta, GA, Samantha Weissert of Los Angeles, CA, and Rachel Weissert of Winston-Salem, NC. Shirley considered her children and grandchildren to be her greatest achievement in life. A family service of remembrance is planned for the near future. Preferred memorials are to Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 and the Indiana University Foundation, Showalter House, 1500 N State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408. Arrangements have been entrusted to DO McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne. www.domccombandsons.com