Marceil Baatz, 82

Marceil Joan Baatz, 82, of Columbia City, died unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was born July 29, 1931, in Allen County, a daughter of the late Herman and Anna (Hockemeyer) Hegerfeld. Her formative years were spent in the Hoagland area. She completed her elementary education at St. John’s Lutheran parochial school and graduated from Hoagland High School in 1949. She completed the requirements for a real estate license and medical transcriptionist.On Aug. 4, 1954, she was united in marriage to Alfred Carl Baatz. They made their home in West Lafayette while her husband completed his engineering degree. They then moved to Binghamton, N.Y. then Grand Rapids, Mich. and later to Tulsa, Okla. In 1964, they moved to St. Louis, Mo. and in 1988, Fort Wayne. In 1989, they moved to Columbia City.Her work career included real estate, banking and tax preparation. Since 1989, she was employed by Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne in medical records.She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Black Jack, Mo.Her family treasures the memory of the joy she took being with them. She reveled in the love, conversation and relationships she fostered and expended a great deal of energy pursuing.She appreciated all things beautiful. She was a loving, peaceful and calm presence in their lives and will be deeply missed.She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Al; their children, Cindy (Jeffery) Tyler of New Milford, Conn.; Tom ( Jane) Baatz of Albermarle, N.C., Julie (Peter) Bray of Columbia City and Caryn (Paul) Brunner of Eolia, Mo.; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Caston of Poe; and two brothers, Robert (Helene) Hegerfeld and Arnold Hegerfeld both of Hoagland.She was preceded in death by two sisters, Luella Lepper and Dorothy Werling.The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. There will be a private family burial. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Sunday until the service at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to the Columbia City Rotary Club.Condolences may be sent to