Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Emmaline P. Ruch

10 February, 19268 May, 2020

Emmaline P. Ruch, 94, of Fort Wayne went to be with the Lord and her late husband of 45 years, Benjamin, on Friday, May 8, 2020. She was born on February 10, 1926 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Martin and Selma (Helbig) Fahlsing. She worked at home raising and caring for her family. She was a member at Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and being outdoors, especially mowing the grass. Surviving family include her children, Margaret, Donald (Sally), Richard, William (Sue), Roger (Jody) and Jerry (Candy) Ruch, Barbara (Al) McCloskey, Phyllis (Steve) Prezbindowski, and Patsy (David) Ray; 26 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joann Fahlsing; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in passing by her grandchildren, Michael and Tracey Ruch; daughter-in-law, Patricia Ruch; son-in-law, Jim Bunsold; and siblings, Maxine Hegerfeld and Fred, Martin, Paul, and Art Fahlsing. A private family service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, Fort Wayne. The family invites you to join them for a Facebook Live service at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th on the funeral home’s Facebook page. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene, Visiting Nurse, or American Cancer Society.


  • Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene
  • Visiting Nurse
  • American Cancer Society


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Emmaline P. Ruch

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Phyllis Boger

15 May 2020

Margaret and family—-
So sorry for you as you say “ see you later “ but happy thinking of Emmaline as she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior!!!!
I sure enjoyed each visit with her and all as I got the pleasure of helping her at Chase Bank Drive-up in Waynedale. I smile as I think of those great visits and will always smile when I think of her.
Hugs. Phyllis 💕
Dave says hi !!

Susan (Minich) Hill

14 May 2020

My sister Patricia would take me to the farm when I was little. Many memories of Mr Ruch teasing me and Mrs Ruch cooking. She was a sweet lady! RIP

Ruth (Minich) Gall

13 May 2020

Thoughts & prayers. So sorry to hear of Mrs Ruch ‘s passing. She was always such a sweet lady and always made us feel like we were part of your family. I will miss seeing her. Heaven has gained another angel. Love to all.

Ruth (Minich) Gall
Loved that your Mom always called me Ruthie

Brenda Kipfer

13 May 2020

I had only met Emmy one time, but the memories of that day I will hold in my heart forever. She had welcomed me into her home as if I was a part of her family. She was a vary kind soul. I pray that she knew how much her kindness meant to me. I truly appreciated the visit and time I was blessed to spend with her that day. I want to share my deepest condolences to her family.
My deepest sympathy,
Brenda Kipfer

Dennis & Lori Goings

11 May 2020

Sorry to hear of her passing! Our thoughts & Prayers go out to the family!