Joan Schwartz, 83

FORT WAYNE — Joan A. Schwartz, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.She was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Fulton County, Ohio to the late Harry and Emma (Schroeder) Meyer.She worked in the accounting department for Phelps Dodge, retiring in 1985. Mrs. Schwartz was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she volunteered with the Nimble Needles Group and she was a past member of the Fort Wayne Women’s Club.Surviving are sons, Art (Peggy) Schwartz of Fort Wayne and Carl (Nancy) Schwartz of Columbia City; sisters, Ester Dettmer of Ossian, Jeannette Gordon of Fort Wayne, and Mary (Glen) Vogel of Defiance, Ohio; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Joel Elston in 1977 and her second husband, Lawrence Richard “Dick” Schwartz in January, 2012.The funeral service will be Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 with visitation from 9:30 a.m. till the service.Visitation will also be on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809.Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or Cancer Services of NE Indiana.Please visit to leave on line condolences.