Maris E. Black

  • Died: November 3, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley

1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Maris E. Black, 81, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Rockford, Illinois to the late Sidney and Ethel (Lower) Wolcott. She married Norman H. Black on February 25, 1967 and he preceded her in death on June 22, 2016. She worked for Rockford Christian School as a kindergarten teacher until she moved to Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1967. She worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools for a couple of years until she left and was director of Village Green Nursery School at the Free Methodist Church. She also taught at Fort Wayne Christian School. Maris was an active member of The Journey Free Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing, reading, and spending time with her family. Above all else, she loved hosting and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Kurt (Shelley) Black, Heidi Lancaster, and Kyle (Liz) Black; nine grandchildren, Noah, Rachel, Ashtyn, Brightyn, Meredith, Rebecca, Tanner, Daniel, and Nathan; and siblings, Verna Shafer, Dorothy Morgan, and Kay Wolcott. Maris was also preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Dale. Funeral service 11:00 am Saturday, November 9, 2019 at The Journey Free Methodist Church with calling one hour prior to the service. Visitation also Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Funeral Home. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Journey Free Methodist Church. To sign the online guestbook please visit,


Condolence & Memory Journal

The other day I was going through my old cassette tapes and ran across one that we made one night at Norm and Maris'. We were gathered at the house across the bridge in L&L park and were having fun singing Karaoke. Norm was singing.

What a fun couple they were. I loved hearing her funny stories about the grandchildren. They were never "typical grandkid stories", in fact to this day I still relate one of Maris' stories to friends.

I miss the two of them so much.

Posted by Pamela Wilkins-Wallick - Lakeland, FL - Friend   October 21, 2020

Posted by James A. Reinhard - IL - friend   November 17, 2019

I didn't hear about Maris's passing until after the funeral. So sorry. We loved her and enjoyed catching up at camp! You will all be in our prayers.

Posted by Lynelle Vogel - Winona Lake, IN - friend   November 17, 2019

So sad to hear of Maris' passing. Norm and Maris were good friends of Mine and my late husband Don.
I always knew I could find Maris at the pool and would go just to sit and talk with her. I loved the funny stories she would tell me about her grandchildren.

Norm and Maris both loved to entertain and we all loved to be invited to their home at Light and Life Park. What fun we all had playing hand and foot and singing Karaoke.

Our world is not the same without Norm and Maris in it but what a happier place Heaven is!

Posted by Pamela Wilkins Wallick - Lakeland, FL   November 10, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of Maris.We loved Norm and Maris at Light and Life Park. I Taught Norm how to some wood carving.Loved this great couple.

Posted by Allan and Lois Lake    November 10, 2019

Dear Maris:
Thank you for being one of my surrogate Mothers after my own died so young.
Thank you for our children's choir that you directed and allowed me to be a member.
Everything. You were accepting and loving.
Thank you for helping to make my first Church home one that I've compared all others.
Maris, if only we could see you NOW!

Posted by Beth Casteel - Fort Wayne, IN   November 09, 2019

She was a wonderful friend and will be miss but will not be hurting anymore because she is sitting next to god.
From keenan
Love you all

Posted by Keenan Samples - Brownsburg, IN   November 08, 2019

Heidi, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great lady. Treasure your memories, you were a good daughter to her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pat Rinehart - Fort Wayne, IN   November 08, 2019

She was such a wonderful person. I didn't know her long, but she was so positive and helpful

Posted by Kathy Jordan - Fort Wayne, IN   November 08, 2019

I grew up celebrating every birthday and holiday with Uncle Norman at Maris and all my cousins that come along with such a warm loving family.
Maris gave me a Jesus lives book with daily scriptures to read when I first started having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Thank you for the impact you made in my life by showing all of us how much you truly loved Jesus Christ in your life. Love You!

Posted by Bryan Black - Fort Wayne, IN   November 07, 2019

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