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“Steve, I just learned of the passing of your wife. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. ”
1 of 38 | Posted by: Marianne Darr-Norman - Fort Wayne, IN

“Our Lady of Fatima - pray for us. Steve, I and my school community are praying for Mary Kay, you, and your family. ”
2 of 38 | Posted by: Tina Voors - Yoder, IN - Coworker

“The GREATEST 8th grade teacher we could have ever had. We loved you! rest in peace and condolences to the family. ”
3 of 38 | Posted by: Carrie Ehinger - Fort Wayne, KS

“We send our sympathy to all the Doepker family upon the loss of a loving wife and mother. The world has lost a loving, caring lady who always shared...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Bob and Janet Joyce Williamsburg

“Thank You for your many years of service to the catholic school system, you made a difference. You were my favorite cheerleading coach (and only). ...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Jill Harris

“Dear Steve,Please know of our deepest sympathy. We are praying for you and your family here at Holy Cross School!!Angela BudzinskiPrincipal ”
6 of 38 | Posted by: Angela Budzinksi - South Bend, IN

“My sympathies to the entire family. I will be keeping you all in my prayers. ”
7 of 38 | Posted by: Patti Abernathy - Fishers, IN

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Cindy Mullins (Kemper) - Sebring, FL

“Dear Mr. Doepker - Our sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your wife. May God give each of you the strength you need daily. Jayne and...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Jayne Oliver - Columbia City, IN

“To the nill family- time does not diminish the loss, it just makes it easier to remember her. God speed. ”
10 of 38 | Posted by: Johm Scheele - sprey, FL

“You will be greatly missed by your family and so many friends. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Teresa Toone - Kansas City, MO

“Dear Steve, It saddens me to hear of Mary Kay's passing knowing the days ahead will hold much sadness and grief for your family. Those days will...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Susie Riecke - Columbia City, IN

“Steve and daughters, so sorry to hear of Mary Kay's death. Her smile and laugh we're infectious. Dedicated the Catholic schools and her to her...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Connie Weber - Van Wert, OH

“Steve and family- I am so sorry on the passing of your lovely Mary Kay. We say life is too short and in this case, we certainly know that God must...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Wyss - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mrs.Mary Kay Doepker gave Etiquette lessons to the middle school students at Queen of Angels. She is fondly remembered by Sharri, Johnny, and Anthony...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Barbara Pentangelo - Fort Wayne, IN

“I have such fond memories of Mary Kay and all the family, but what I remember most is her infectious laugh. She was so cheerful and wickedly funny. I...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rick and Judy....... Jack and I wish to send our condolences to both of you on Mary Kay's passing. We think of both of you often and miss your...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Doepker, so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family. Wishing you the comfort and peace of precious...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Cheryl Wallker - Huntington, IN

“Mary Kay was a wonderful person and I am truly blessed to have known her. My sympathy to Steve and her daughters and the rest of her family ”
19 of 38 | Posted by: Sara Keltsch - Friend

“Steve and family, I am sorry to hear of Mary Kay's passing...I remember having her for a class at BDHS MANY MANY MANY years ago(just how old am i...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Jason Mozzone - Columbia City, IN

“I am so sorry for the loss of your precious loved one. May God guide you and give you strength. May you be surrounded by the love of friends and...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Debbie Siverson - Torrance, CA

“Mary had the biggest impact on my life in 8th grade at Queen of Angels. She was one of the first teachers to open my eyes and see the positive...Read More »
22 of 38 | Posted by: Brad Rinehart - Plainfield, IN

“Mrs. Doepker was such a great teacher! I'll never forget how she invited the whole 8th grade class to her home for dinner and lessons in manners and...Read More »
23 of 38 | Posted by: Sara Cutigni (Allen) - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Charlotte, Steve, children and Mary Kay's siblings, My sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of Mary Kay. She was truly a gifted and special...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Fr. John H. Delaney - South Bend, IN

“Steve and Family, Charlott and Family, may Peace be with you as you celebrate Mary Kay's life. May God Bless you with fond memories of a life well...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Phillip Shirmeyer - Adams Lake, IN

“A truly special lady and teacher. May God be with her family. ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Jeannie Paul (hilger) Fort wayne

“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mary Kay and her great laugh and sense of humor from bridge club at my house (Ann and Terry Herbst are my...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Emily Sylvester - Fort Wayne, IN

“Steve and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Mary Kay's passing. I remember her visits to St. Vincent's when I taught there many years ago and that...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Kathy Milewsky (McDaniel) - FL

“So sorry for your loss. I truly loved working and being around Mary Kay; she was always a joy to be with. May God be with you in your time of sorrow. ”
29 of 38 | Posted by: Kathy Melton - Zionsville, IN

“Steve I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife of 48 years. My deepest Sympathy to you and your family. ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Christine Gamble - Huntington, IN

“Mr. Doepker - we are so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Roger & Joan Warner - Huntington, IN

“So saddened by the loss of MaryKay. She was s great lady with the greatest laugh. She will be greatly missed. Sympathies to Steve and family. May she...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Ann and Terry Herbst - Friend

“Steve I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there to support you and your family. I have quite a few memories of Mary Kay and her generous...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Beth Andonian (Scharpenberg) - IN

“Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Cherish the memories and celebrate the life of this beautiful lady....Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Karen Flora - Columbia City, IN

“I will always remember Mary Kay with a big smile, lighting up Steve's life and making whatever she touched beautiful. Hugs to the family. ”
35 of 38 | Posted by: Julia Robinson - Silver City, NM

“So sorry to hear about your Mom. You're family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
36 of 38 | Posted by: Julie Hagg - Roscoe, IL - Family

“My fondest memories of Aunt Mary Kay center around Thanksgiving, which was always at her and Uncle Steve's house. All the cousins and aunts and...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Siobhan Perricone - Orange, VT

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family. ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Alissa Roberts - Columbia City, IN

Mary Kay Doepker, 73, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Mary Kay was a member of the fist graduating class of Bishop Luers High School. She worked as a teacher in Fort Wayne for many years, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Mary Kay taught at St. Joseph Hessen Castle, St. Vincent DePaul, Bishop Dwenger High School, and Queen of Angels Catholic School. She was an avid scrap booker, loved decorating, Christmas, and wrapping presents. She enjoyed attending the grandkids sporting events and she was, all around, very artistic. Mary Kay enjoyed spending summers at Lake Wawasee and vacationing anywhere with her family. Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Steve Doepker of Fort Wayne; daughters, Charlotte Doepker of Redondo Beach, CA and Martha (Jon) Ellis of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Madison and Jack Ellis; siblings, Richard (Judy) Nill, Jr. of Fort Wayne, Nancy (Rick) Toone of Fort Wayne, Mark Nill of Syracuse, IN, Sally McKibben of Fort Wayne, and Joe (Cathy) Nill of Vernon Hills, IL; and mother, Charlotte Nill. Mary Kay was preceded in death by father, Richard Nill, Sr. Mass of Christian Burial at St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 11:00 am with Father James Shafer officiating with an hour of calling prior to the Mass. Calling at - D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Thursday, October 5, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Saint John the Baptist Catholic School. Cremation to take place at a later date. To sign the online guest book, go to