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“Dear Joan,I'm sorry about Christi. Thank you for adding me in the memorial. She was my friend and I will miss her. I hope to keep seeing you. ...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Michelle Black - fort wayne, IN

“Joan I am so sorry for your loss Christi was the most beautiful soul I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Rachel Myers - Berne, IN - Friend

“Joan, my heart is with you. I know things are so vastly different for you. I pray that you will sense Jesus near you in the next days and weeks as...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Roxy Miller - Goshen, IN - Friend


At 10pm Saturday, February 18th, Christi Mae, peacefully and without pain completed her transition to the other side where she is continuing her journey in the heavens beyond. She was born in Elkhart, Indiana @ 9:20pm November 9, 1984 weighing 1lb 7oz. Spending her first 18 months in the hospital, she developed a determination and fighting spirit of a warrior that only grew stronger and inspired those who crossed her path throughout her 32 years of life. Even after a long-term illness in 2002 that left her with a trach, g-tube, vent dependent at night and with limited mobility, she lived life with a sense of zeal, ever celebrating the things she could do, rather than focusing on those she couldn't.

People were Christi's joy, her sustenance and her reason for living. Her mission was to spread unconditional love, bring light to darkness and to make every person she met feel like they were the most important person in the world. Her legacy is her open heart and her commitment to leave every life and heart a little brighter and better for having known her. She had a cheery personality, a laugh that would brighten the darkest days and a smile that lit up the room and hearts of everyone that crossed her path. Christi continuously amazed those who knew her with her brightness, sense of humor, one liners and witty jokes, politeness, keen intuition and sharp, never ending memory. Always quick to offer comfort through a kiss or pat on the back when someone was distressed or hurting, she touched people's hearts with her capacity for love and compassion. She had a strong will, lived life on her terms and never lost a power struggle. She had a high sense of pride in her accomplishments and an excitement, love and determination for learning new things, especially those that resulted in more independence.

Christi loved the characters from Sesame Street, the Hundred Acre Woods, Mickey's Clubhouse and Arthur and D.W. She also treasured her Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby dolls and her 2XL Talking Trivia Robot. She liked to talk in different voices and had a subtle way of getting others, even the shyest of people, to talk like Donald Duck, Tigger and/or Elmo. She liked to sing, even after it became difficult for her because of her trach and diminished lung capacity. She learned, however, that she could talk louder and make her voice stronger by tightening and pushing from her diaphragm. Thus, she often talked in a low gruff voice, which became known as her Bert (from Sesame Street) and Donald Duck voice. She generally sang in this voice as well, but hearing her articulation of the words, the accuracy of the notes and seeing her joy when she sang made her sound like an angel.

Christi enjoyed all genres of music, but favored opera and old gospel hymns. She spent many hours a day listening to Pentecostal/Evangelist preachers like TD Jakes, Juanita Bynum, and Dr Michelle Corral on YouTube, learning their sermons and prayers word for word. She loved playing Name That Tune, sing-a-longs, strumming the guitar, playing talking trivia and Wii games. She had a special knack for syncing two interactive toys so they would say the same thing at the same time and mastered several different musical devices that allowed her to manipulate and change the sound, pitch and speed of music and things she heard in her environment.

Christi's loving and ever supporting family consisted of her Grandma June, Grandpa Cletus (deceased in 2000), Aunt Linda, Aunt Valerie, (deceased in 2012) Aunt Rita, Uncle John and their families. Her family of special friends opened their hearts, gave of their time, and always made her feel loved and valued. Her caregivers went over and beyond the call of duty with their dedication and care and loved her both when she was an angel and when she was ornery and challenging. Michelle Black shared the special blessing of true friendship with Christi and their regular get togethers for pizza, dessert, reading stories and a game of Name That Tune were cherished.

It's with extreme sadness and a profound sense of loss that our "Littlest Angel" is bid her final fare well. It was a true privilege to be her mother and an honor to share this life's journey with her. She was my greatest teacher, my best friend, and my biggest cheerleader. She taught me about love, life, forgiveness and not giving up. My respect and admiration for her is infinite. She is my hero and the holder of my heart. People have often said they didn't know how I did it, or how lucky she was to have a mom who was committed and gave so much. My response was always the same, "I'm the one that's lucky." As for how I did it, the answer is simple …."She was my daughter and I loved her".

Dear Christi Mae; Darlin-Doo; Pumpkin Patch; Bugga Boo; Ladybug; Booper; Twinkle Toes and Christi Bo Bisty, enjoy the rainbow of magnificent colors you never got to see here on earth, run with the wind, swim with the fish, and sing your heart out with Pavarotti. Remember death does not separate us: just like with Grandpa Cletus and Aunt Valerie, you will live on in our hearts and we'll visit in our dreams. Always and forever loved, mom. aka Joan, Momma San, Joanie Bologna

In honor of Christi, her love for people and her struggle with loneliness since becoming homebound 3 years ago, the family requests that in lieu of memorials, friends bring joy to another in the form of a visit or sharing a meal with someone who is lonely and/or housebound.

Christi Mae Lane Memorial and Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Wallen Township Fire Department located at 1834 W Wallen Road, Fort Wayne IN 46818. Our Memorial will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m., with the sharing of memories and tributes via writing

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