Brenda J. Babb

September 6, 1941June 9, 2011

Brenda J. Babb, 69, died June 9, 2011. She was born September 6, 1941, in Deep Valley, W.Va., to Kermit E. and Blanche G. (Duty) Gatrell.

Mrs. Babb was raised in Ohio and moved to Fort Wayne in 1968 with her husband and family. She retired from Lincoln National Life in 1991. She had been a resident at Covington Manor.

Survivors include her husband of fifty-one years, Ralph: two sons, Kevin (Linda) Babb of Fort Wayne, Scott Babb of North Manchester; daughter Mrs. Daniel (Christine) Taylor of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne (Ellen) Gatrell of Fostoria, OH, Bret Gatrell of Carey, OH; eight sisters Mrs. Richard (Sonja) Zirger, Barbara Davis, Mrs. Michael (Connie) Gundlach and Robyn Gatrell, all of Fostoria, Melvena Clink of Findley, OH, Mrs. Steve (Kathie) Balser of Scotia, N.Y., and Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Green of Ocala, FL and Mrs. William (Jannice) Wilson of Johnstown, OH.

A brother, Philip Gatrell; two sisters, Marlene D. Gatrell and Deanna Delph are also deceased.

Services at the Klaehn Fahl and Melton, 420 W Wayne Street, will be 11:00a.m. Tuesday. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 pm Monday at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton, Wayne St. Chapel. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials to Covington Manor.


  • Visitation Monday, June 13, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, June 13, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brenda J. Babb

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Gary Chandler

June 14, 2011

Ralph and family....Sorry for your loss
my heartfelt condolences.....

Bill Fahlsing

June 14, 2011

Ralph & Family - Your friends at Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts (Home of the best strawberry ice cream) share your loss. God's Love & Peace

Sheryl Freeman

June 14, 2011

Uncle Ralph, Kevin, Scott, Chris and the rest of the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and always.
All our love,
Sheryl (Babb) Freeman and Family

June 12, 2011

Ralph Dana and I are so sorry for your loss wish we could be there for you
Dana Call and Mary Hamilton Palmetto Fl

Jim Catanzaro

June 12, 2011

Kevin and Family:
Our heartfelt condolences.

Jim & Brenda