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“Both Louise and Dave were wonderful human beings and will long be remembered for their caring, teaching, and sharing. May the families' memories...Read More »
1 of 68 | Posted by: Lana Groombridge - N. Manchester, IN

“The pictures are wonderful! I am so happy to have been a friend of Louise -- i count her as my first Fort Wayne friend. She is as special as she...Read More »
2 of 68 | Posted by: Tina Miller - Fort Wayne, IN

“Louise, I will so miss our conversations !! You were a wonderful , beautiful woman inside and out. I will always hold close to me the book you...Read More »
3 of 68 | Posted by: Linda Smith - Huntertown, IN

“What a nice lady! I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.You will be missed.-your garbage driver Jeff ”
4 of 68 | Posted by: - Fort Wayne, IN

“Thank you girls for sending all the pictures of your mom..Enjoyed seeing them as I was unable to attend Louise's service. So many fond memories!!! ...Read More »
5 of 68 | Posted by: Betsy W MacLennan - Valparaiso, IN

“Mrs. McCracken was one of my favortie Orchard Ridge Country Club friends! When I knew she was at an event...I loved to just sit and talk to her! I...Read More »
6 of 68 | Posted by: Wendy Howard - fort wayne, IN

“My condolences to Max and members of Louise's family. She was a wonderful classmate, leader and friend. ”
7 of 68 | Posted by: Cliff Noriis - Vero Beach, FL

“Ginny, Cathy, Mary and families,I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God grant you peace, joy, comfort and beautiful memories as you...Read More »
8 of 68 | Posted by: Anne (Kroeger) Encarnacion - CA

“Cathy I was so grieved to hear about your loss. I'm so sorry that you lost your beautiful mother. We had to bury my father last Christmas. Such a...Read More »
9 of 68 | Posted by: Lynn Mattina (Meyers) - CA

“To Cathy, Ginny and Mary - your parents loom large in my childhood memories as warm, funny, fun-loving, generous people who lit up a room and made...Read More »
10 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Smith Kahn - Evanston, IL

“Dear Ginny, Cathy, and Mary...and your families, I have so many fond memories of your mother and dad, as we grew up, close families, in Greencastle,...Read More »
11 of 68 | Posted by: Tina Voss Wolf - Dallas, TX

“Dear McCracken Clan, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We are sorry that our distance keeps us from being with you today to properly celebrate...Read More »
12 of 68 | Posted by: Mary and Ryan Mahoney - IL

“I would like to say thank you to Mrs. McCracken and the McCracken family for welcoming me into the McCracken Camps as a camp director for many years....Read More »
13 of 68 | Posted by: Keith Edmonds - Ft. Wayne, IN

“I would like to say thank you to Mrs. McCracken and the McCracken family for welcoming into the McCracken Camps as a camp director for many years....Read More »
14 of 68 | Posted by: Keith Edmonds - Ft. Wayne, IN

“I will never forget the time a chipmunk got stuck in Louise's garage and died. After awhile it started to smell so we searched and searched and...Read More »
15 of 68 | Posted by: Nancy Lewis - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Ginny and the McCracken Family: May God bless you during today and the days ahead. Thank God we can rely on His promises. Wendy Garrett ”
16 of 68 | Posted by: Wendy Garrett - Bluffton, IN

“Dear McCracken family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was the best! A perfect role model in every thing she did. She was a true lady,...Read More »
17 of 68 | Posted by: Kathy Fredrick - Ft. Wayne, IN

“It has been such an honor to know your Mom! She has been so kind, caring, and supportive toward me through the years. I feel so blessed to have had...Read More »
18 of 68 | Posted by: Susan Reprogle - Grabill, IN

“Cathy, Todd, Gracie, Rachel and Katie We were deeply saddened to hear about your mother's/grandmothers recent passing. She was such a lovely lady...Read More »
19 of 68 | Posted by: Ray, Sandy and Victoria Wardell - IN

“We will always remember our times in Hartford City and Lake James. We valued our continuing friendship and always enjoyed hearing about the girls...Read More »
20 of 68 | Posted by: Phyllis and Clyde Crimmel - SC

“We are so very saddened for you and your family. Know our prayers and thoughts are with you. Your mother has given so much to so many, but saved...Read More »
21 of 68 | Posted by: Jan Patterson

“With much saddness but with many happy memories we send our love to each of you girls and your families.. John & Fran Foster ”
22 of 68 | Posted by: John & Fran Foster - IN

“We deeply regret not being able to see Louise one last time, as we are spending Christmas with family in Florida. We wish we could be there to pay...Read More »
23 of 68 | Posted by: Thomas Monnier - IN

“Such a kind, fun, and caring woman with a heart of gold! She will be missed by so many! It does make me smile to think she is now with Dave. The...Read More »
24 of 68 | Posted by: Teri Seitz - Fort Wayne, IN

“Such a sad day to here of the passing of Louise. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a hug. I admired her deep love for her family . Her...Read More »
25 of 68 | Posted by: Donna Toole - Columbia City, IN

“Louise loved life completely and she lived it intensely. She did not just belong to the McCracken family but to the Bledsoe family, the Hoosier...Read More »
26 of 68 | Posted by: Janel Denny - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“In loving memeory and with special appreciaton for the contriburtion Dave and Louise made to our children's growth and their contribution to their...Read More »
27 of 68 | Posted by: Steve and Hester Konkle - IN

“It was our great pleasure to meet this beautiful lady just last week. She was smiling, full of life and simply delightful. It is no wonder "Weezie"...Read More »
28 of 68 | Posted by: Mary Marchesano - Fort Wayne, IN, IN

“To the McCracken clan:So sorry to hear of your mom's passing & know how much she will be missed. She was a very special lady that everyone loved. Our...Read More »
29 of 68 | Posted by: Kathy Fredrick - Ft Wayne, IN

“Louise had a gift that made one feel as if they were the most special person in the world. Whether you were a first year camper, long time camper or...Read More »
30 of 68 | Posted by: Rod Hathaway - Wayland, MI

“Mary and Dave and all the family. Please accept our sincere sympathy and our prayers are with you at this time.Be assured your Mom will be spending...Read More »
31 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“The good lord must have needed an angel, because that is what he got the day he took you. I will miss our conversations, I truly enjoyed working for...Read More »
32 of 68 | Posted by: Roy Boneff - Fort Wayne, IN

“I wish to express my deep sympathy to the family of this wonderful lady. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
33 of 68 | Posted by: Richard Poinnsatte - Fort Wayne, IN

“To Ginny, Andy, Andrea, Lynn and David; My heart goes out to you during this time of loss and the grief that you are experiencing at this time of...Read More »
34 of 68 | Posted by: Paul Beitler - Bluffton, IN

“Louise was one of the most kind, gracious and loving women I have ever known. She and Dave shared an anniversary with my husband and I. I will miss...Read More »
35 of 68 | Posted by: Tammy Walters - Olivet, MI

“Mary, our thoughts are with you and all of your family at this difficult time. Your mother brought such joy to those around her. Whether I'd see her...Read More »
36 of 68 | Posted by: CC Burke - Fort Wayne, IN

“Most times good people leave this Earth too soon. Such is the case with Louise. But her sustaining faith will bless her with being able to be with...Read More »
37 of 68 | Posted by: Jim Webb (papa webb) - Bronson, MI

“Mary, I was sad to hear about the sudden loss of your mother. Take care and my thoughts are with you. Pat Stelte ”
38 of 68 | Posted by: Parick Stelte

“What a fantastic lady--I always enjoyed sitting with her on the bleachers. She will be greatly missed, but she left her mark on her incredible...Read More »
39 of 68 | Posted by: Debbie Probst - Orchard Park, NY

“My heartfelt sympathy - your mom had a very wonderful gift of spreading love... i often used to see her at the grocery and she always made me feel so...Read More »
40 of 68 | Posted by: Karen Fritz Frederickson - Albion, IN

“Todd, Cathy, and Family Wow - so saddened to hear news of Weezie. What a great lady! She always made everyone associated w/ McCracken camps feel...Read More »
41 of 68 | Posted by: Gary Chupp

“We are so sorry to hear of Louise's passing. Both of us just visited with her this fall. Years ago I was in her wedding and her parents were dear...Read More »
42 of 68 | Posted by: Joanie Barnett Younce and Ruth Barnett - IN

“Our deepest sympathy - what a beautiful person. Jimmy Perrey and Caroline Perrey Campbell ”
43 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“Todd, Cathy, and family:I am so saddened to hear of Louise's passing. I always enjoyed check-in at camp so I could spend a few hours chatting with...Read More »
44 of 68 | Posted by: Mark Anderson - Brunswick, OH

“Ginny and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Louise. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve. With...Read More »
45 of 68 | Posted by: Peggy smith - Ossian, IN

“I am so sad to hear about the loss of your mother. I would run into her often and she was such a ray of sunshine. You could see in her face,...Read More »
46 of 68 | Posted by: Jennie Klinger

“I will always remember a college reunion with Louise in Colorado. She had never been to the mountains, and she was ecstatic and in awe of the beauty...Read More »
47 of 68 | Posted by: Betsy W MacLennan - Valparaiso, IN

“There has to be countless numbers (1,000's ) of McCracken Basketball campers and their families to whom Louise was as important and reassuring as...Read More »
48 of 68 | Posted by: nancy hannin - Indianapolis, IN

“Louise was a shining light in our community. She was full of energy and always had kind words for everyone. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know she...Read More »
49 of 68 | Posted by: Vickie Boxberger - Fort wayne, IN

“I was completely saddened when I heard the news. Words can't express my sympathy and sorrow for your entire family. Louise was and will always be one...Read More »
50 of 68 | Posted by: Jen Quirk - Oakland, NJ - Friend

“What a beautiful soul now in Heaven with her beloved David. Both are truely missed. Miss the entire McCracken clan. Sorry for your loss. ”
51 of 68 | Posted by: Candy Keller - Littleton, CO

“Thoughts and prayers to the McCracken family during this time of loss. ”
52 of 68 | Posted by: Barth Fisher - Brownsburg, IN

“To Mary -I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Please rest assured that God has everything in control! I'll continue to pray for...Read More »
53 of 68 | Posted by: Tamyra Kelly - Fort Wayne, IN

“Although I do not remember Louise, I am sure she was in the behind the scene action at the McCracken basketball camps I attended as a boy. I am...Read More »
54 of 68 | Posted by: John Kolb - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Germans, When I think of Weezie, the words infectious joy, boundless energy and a consistently sweet, happy disposition comes to mind. Several...Read More »
55 of 68 | Posted by: Shawn Quinn - Ft Wayne, IN

“Todd, Cathy and family Louise had a great sense of humor and a real zest for life. I know she will be greatly missed at Grace Presbyterian Church. ...Read More »
56 of 68 | Posted by: Diana Eller - Fort Wayne, IN

“Cathy, Todd, Rachel, Katie, Grace, and the rest of the family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers! She was an amazing woman who loved her family...Read More »
57 of 68 | Posted by: Brittany Hamrick - Fort Wayne, IN

“Words can't express my deepest sympathy for you and your family at this time of sorrow. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know your Mom has...Read More »
58 of 68 | Posted by: Niki Schmutte

“Stunned and greatly saddened from the sudden death of Louise. Because of her infectuos Joy, caring and interest in others, one felt she would always...Read More »
59 of 68 | Posted by: Nancy Holland Hannin - IN

“As long as we live, they too will live;for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.When we are weary and in need of strength,We remember them...Read More »
60 of 68 | Posted by: Nikkii Schoening-Crane - Mio, MI

“There were not finer people than Louise and Dave. Louise always made me feel good just being in her company. Please know girls (Ginny, Cathy, &...Read More »
61 of 68 | Posted by: Greg Gore - Monrovia, IN

“Louise was an angel on this Earth. I will always remember her love, her energy, her willingness to better others and her voice. My heart goes out to...Read More »
62 of 68 | Posted by: Nikki Lytle - Columbus, MS

“We lost a great lady and it is Heaven's gain. I am sure she was meant at the gates by Coach not that he was not already in just lost and waiting for...Read More »
63 of 68 | Posted by: Kerry Roussey - Indianaplois, IN

“My deepest sympathies to the family of the dear, Louise McCracken. My heart is heavy with this news, but I am comforted knowing she is with the Lord...Read More »
64 of 68 | Posted by: Ann Flaharty - Nashville, TN

“So sorry to hear the news. I didn't know Louise well, just the times I tagged along with Jeff for visits, but I enjoyed and admired her spark,...Read More »
65 of 68 | Posted by: Todd Grimes - Fort Wayne, IN

“Everyone who has ever been connected with Louise, Dave, and McCracken Camps, has been a better person for it. My heart is heavy for the loss of my...Read More »
66 of 68 | Posted by: Stephanie Miller - Goshen, IN

“The world lost an amazing person...and heaven gained an angel! She and Coach are smiling down from heaven, I am sure. I loved them both and they had...Read More »
67 of 68 | Posted by: Allison (Burt) Grotelueschen - OH

“I'll never forget Louise's wedding on a very hot day in Wabash Indiana. ”
68 of 68 | Posted by: Mary M Ferree - indianapolis, IN

Louise W. McCracken, 74, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012. She was the heart and soul of the McCracken family; her children and grandchildren will miss her more than they can say and will always hold her close in their hearts. Born in Wabash, IN, she was an English teacher, and she put those skills to good use as the office manager of McCracken Camps. Louise was a longtime member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she was an active elder; she was involved with Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Tri Kappa Sorority, Aboite River Woman's Club, Ft. Wayne Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International, Joy in the Mourning, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program. She enjoyed playing bridge, cheering for IU basketball, working for McCracken Camps, and paddling a canoe in Minnesota. Most of all, Weezie loved being with her family and friends. She loved cheering on her grandchildren from the bleachers, sitting on the porch visiting, walking along the beach, and spending time at the lake. Surviving are her daughters, Virginia "Ginny" (Andy) Vogel of Bluffton; Cathy (Todd) German and Mary (David) Tyndall both of Fort Wayne; brother, Max (Carol) Wilke of Fishers, IN; grandchildren, Lynn, Rachel, Andrea, Katie, David, Grace, Sam and Jack. Louise was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, David B. McCracken, in 2001. Service is 2 p.m., Sunday December 23, 2012 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road, with Reverend Christopher Kirwan officiating. Calling is one hour prior to service at the church. Calling is also Saturday 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Graveside service will be Monday 10 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hall, IN. Memorials may be made to Ft. Wayne Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build 2013 or Grace Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, serving charities in Allen County and around the world. To sign the online guest book, go to