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“Dear Jan and family...so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I have many happy memories of her and your dad too. They were always so nice to me...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Janet Weinraub - Margate, FL

“Dear Kathy & Jan - Sending a smile to you and families at this time of loss, yet grand celebration of your Mother's life. I remember a sense of JOY...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Beth (Stuckey) Seitz - Missoula, MT

“What a great person and mother to four wonderful children. I will forever remember how well you treated me and other friends of Andy when we would...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Scott Gidley - Austin, TX

“Though I had not seen Danny in quite sometime, I remember her well. I knew her when I was young and lived in Ft. Wayne. Her dad and my dad were...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Alene Fishbein - Glencoe, IL

“Our condolences to the Latz family. We hope you can take comfort and peace in the wonderful memories of your loved one and the hope God provides that...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: J Patterson

“Danny was such a special lady. I worked with her at Dr Salon's..she taught me a lot about the medical office and life. Gone too soon even at 92 and...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: susan Didier

“DANNY WAS ONE FINE LADY..THE BEST. KINDNESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HER MIDDLE NAME.. ”
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Doris Ann "Danny" Latz (nee Wertheimer) died restfully in her sleep on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN, at the home of her daughter Jan Latz. Danny always believed that "things have a way of working out." She was 94 years old.
Danny was born on April 30, 1923 in Ligonier, IN, in the same home that her parents Leon R. and Ruth E. Schloss Wertheimer had lived in all of their married lives. Danny graduated valedictorian of Ligonier High School in 1941. During WWII in 1942, she took a job at Baer Field in Fort Wayne and was named "Miss Baer Field." Through her parents' friendship with the Latz family of Fort Wayne, it was suggested that that William Smith Latz ask her for a date. As Danny wrote, "We were virtually engaged by mail." When Bill returned from WWII in May 1945, he gave Danny a ring. They married on March 22, 1946 in Ligonier, at her parents' home.
As Danny said many, many times, "I was extremely lucky in life." She was able to remain home with their four children, William George of Saint Louis, MO; Jan Ruth of Fort Wayne; Kathleen of Clear Lake, IN; and Andrew Frank of Fort Wayne, while being a "professional volunteer" at Parkview Hospital's ER and Lutheran Hospital. Danny was also a volunteer at the Cedar Creek Women's Club, Junior League and Project HEAR, Family and Children's Service, Bargain Box, United Way, Congregation Achduth Vesholom and the Philharmonic. In 1975, they sold their home near Leo, IN and moved into Fort Wayne. Danny's favorite job was working for Dr. Joel Salon as his receptionist for over a decade. She was an avid bridge player into her 90's, with her late friend Frances Shine. The two of them walked many years for exercise, both citing "but never on Sunday."
All four children survive her, in addition to three grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Danny was preceded in death by her parents and sister Leonore (Herman) Schlanger, her husband Bill, her daughter-in-law Julie See Latz and son-in-law Paul R. Federspiel.
A graveside service will be held at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. with Steven R. Shine officiating and arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home. A celebration of life well-lived will be held afterwards at her daughter's home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the donor's choice.