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“I was heartbroken to read of Charlene's passing. I first met her when I was 14 and Sally and I became friends at Dwenger. I cherish the memories of...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Judy Poiry Gradl - Louisville, KY

“What a delightful soul! We will miss Charlene. Like Carlene (and Marshall), I was also in Cathedral Church choir. Mom (Margaret Freiburger) knew her...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Caroline Freiburger--Dewey - IN

“She was a wonderful great-grandmother. I love her dearly, and I hope she has finally found peace. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Jay Pettit - Fort Wayne, IN


Charlene Ann Pettit-Didier, 91, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in St. John's, MI, Charlene worked as an executive secretary to the Chancellor and Vicar General Diocese of Fort Wayne and South Bend for 20 years, retiring in 1996. She was also active in the choir at The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She received two years of nurses training and was a cadet nurse. She loved baking and made sure the grandchildren always had treats. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. Charlene was a compassionate care giver and had a heart of gold. She was a talented seamstress and would make quilts and gifts for others. Above all, her family and her grandchildren were her deepest passion and she will be greatly missed. Surviving are her children, Gerry (Alice) Pettit of Fort Wayne, David R. Pettit of Fort Wayne, Antoinette "Toni" (Fred) Ishmael of Rome City, IN, Yevonne "Vonnie" Kuruda of Fort Wayne, and Sally Ann (Jeff) Kalb of Sedona, AZ; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews; and her second husband, Marshall Didier. Charlene was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert D. Pettit; parents, Oliver M. and Ilah D. Matter, brother, Stewart Matter; and sisters, Adelee Chester, Mary Charlotte Davison, and Leanne Spurr. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Calling at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Monday, October 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to Matthew 25. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.