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“So sorry to hear of Doris's passing. You all have our sympathy. We have many fond memories. You are all in our prayers. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Ann & James Thompson - GA

“we are so sorry brick to hear of the passing of doris, she was a very caring and wonderful cousin. will remember you in our prayers during this...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: dennis gerig - new haven, IN

“Sorry to hear about Doris' passing. My prayers are with you. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Gregory Deacon - Iowa City, IA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Doris. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: John Closson - Plumas Lake, CA

“We are thinking of all of you and praying for God's comfort during this time of the loss of Doris. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Ronna and Joe Parrot - Fort Wayne, IN

“I wish I could be with you at this time, Angie. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Rosine Luzadder - Simpsonville, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time! ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Chanita Britton - Alsip, IL

“I was saddened to hear about Doris passing away. She was truly a wonderful cousin. I have so many great memories of her. Brick, my thoughts and...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Melvin Ehresman - The Cedars, Leo, IN

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Doris. The Lausen family were wonderful neighbors for many years on Muirfield and we have many fond memories...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Marla McAfee - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry you have lost your mother, Carrie. I know how close your family is and that you will truly miss her. I wish I would have had a chance to...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Gunden - Wullis, TX

“So sorry to hear the loss of a wonderful cousin that I loved dearly. Deepest symathy to Vern and family.Jerry & Chris Gerig Gilbert, AZ ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Jerry Gerig - Gilbert, AZ

Doris M. Lausen, 89, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Woodburn, IN, Doris was the heart of a welcoming home, a volunteer at Parkview Hospital, and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. With an adventurous spirit she enjoyed traveling with her family and friends. Surviving are her husband, Verne Lausen of Fort Wayne; daughters, Marcia (Tim Wilson) Lausen of Chicago, IL, Carrie (Miguel Figueras) Lausen of Glenview, IL, and Angela (Richard) Woenkhaus of Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Eleanor Figueras, and grandsons, Brandon and Trevor Woenkhaus; sister, Jean Wearley Cox of Iowa City, IA; and brother, Robert F. (Sharon) Wearley of Fort Wayne. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Alice Wearley. Service is 10:30 am, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7211 Stellhorn Rd with calling one hour prior. Calling also at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven, IN. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church. To sign the online guest book, go to


This family tribute to Doris Lausen was read by her oldest grandson, Brandon Woenkhaus, on January 12, 2018.


While looking through Grandma's things this week, my aunts discovered a prophecy, written by one of her classmates, that describes the possible future of each of the 18 graduates of the Woodburn High School class of 1946.

When it comes to describing my grandma, it begins:

_A look in the future, and Doris Wearley appears,
_There's nothing on earth that this girl fears…

We all know this to be true of my grandma. Doris was not only fearless, she was kind, loving, adventurous, and very generous.

She could also make a bit of trouble. Aunt Jean describes a regular battle for space in the double bed that the two girls shared as children. The independently-minded sisters solved the problem in their own unique way of being very close—yet stubbornly separate. As early teenagers they saved their money to buy twin beds. And that settled the issue.

It was my grandma's good friend Mary and her husband Ted that brought Verne and Doris together. Grandpa was Ted's "cousin from college." At first, Grandma was not so impressed with this cousin. But they seemed to get along very well together. She talked. He listened. This successful arrangement lasted a lifetime.

And a good lifetime it was. Full of love and family and friends and fun. Their first daughter, Marcia, gave them a scare by arriving way too early—the only time in her life that this was the case. Carrie, quite the opposite, could not decide if she wanted to be born, causing Verne two trips to the hospital with Doris in labor, the first a false start. And finally, my mom, Angie, the one that was supposed to be a boy, arrived to disrupt the peaceful family of four with her unbounded energy and mischief.

My Grandma Doris was the heart of a welcoming home. Nothing made her happier than a house full of people. Nieces and nephews were as close as daughters and sons. Friends from Woodburn were more like extended family. Neighbors became life-long friends. On holidays, the girls would wake up to small treats and special gifts. There were parties for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. New Year's Eve celebrations involved a full day of making confetti and several weeks of cleaning it up.

If family members were distant, travel was in order. When Grandma's brother Bob, who served in the Air Force, was stationed in Bermuda, Verne, Doris and baby Marcia traveled to see Bob, Ruth, and the girls in their island home. Travel adventures were always a priority. The following summer, the Studebaker was refinanced to pay the way for a repeat trip to Bermuda—this time to include Grandma Alice.

Later Lausen family vacations were often by car. Westward bound road trips were designed to meet up with relatives in Iowa, California, or Nevada, and to see mountains and sand dunes and deserts and oceans. I am told that Grandma was not always happy with sight-seeing in the desert. It was in a hot Arizona cactus garden that the family learned they could quickly change Doris's grumpy mood in these settings with a Bloody Mary. That year, a cooler with drink mixings became standard vacation gear.

Grandma's ideal vacation was one on the water, visiting friends at their lake cottages in Indiana or, in later years, settling in for the winter at a beachside condo on Maui. Grandma and Grandpa spent 18 winters in Hawaii. We missed them while they were away, and we know that Grandma missed us too as she enjoyed the sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful tropical flowers. In 2008, for their 50th wedding anniversary, we were all invited to join them. Our collective memories from this week will last a lifetime.

Although my aunts and my mom complain that this family now has too many boys, Grandma and Grandpa gladly welcomed their three sons-in-law, and they much-anticipated the arrival of me, my brother Trevor, and my cousin Nora. Mike remembers how his mother-in-law would greet him upon return from playing golf with Grandpa, asking if he beat "Brick" and then wanting to hear about his round. Nora remembers baking cinnamon rolls and eating them together with grandma each morning during visits to Hawaii.

Doris always thought about how others were feeling and she is probably doing that now, wishing that all of us did not have to attend yet another funeral. But we must be together today to say good-bye to a very special sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Grandma, we will always remember your warm hugs, your engaging laugh, and the sparkle in your eye.