OBITUARY

Rev. Dr. Clare M. Walter

April 9, 1943January 26, 2019

Rev. Dr. Clare M. (Feltes) Walter, 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born Friday, April 9, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Clare (Petty) Feltes. She was a clergy with United Church of Christ, where she served in several churches including Grace St. Johns and Plymouth Congregational Churches in Fort Wayne. She was a former Chaplain at Crossroads where she created the Religious Life Program, and was a Chaplain at several local hospitals. She received her degree from Earlham School of Religion, and her Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Chicago. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Surviving are her daughters, Claire (Bryan Sims) Roney and Susan Green, both of Fort Wayne; son, Erv (Casey) Walter of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; partner, Rev. Carole Green of Fort Wayne; former spouse, Ray Walter of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Theo, Owen, Claire, and Amanda; two sisters, Elizabeth Rosignuolo and Sheila Krueger; and one brother, Chuck Feltes. She was also preceded in death by her son, Tom Green; brother, David Feltes; and two sisters, Mary Cooper and Judy O'Connell. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at Plymouth Congregational Church, with calling from 10 to 11 a.m. Calling also from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the church. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 3, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rev. Dr. Clare M. Walter

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Sarah Shipley

February 3, 2019

I knew Claire as Erv’s mom. Erv was a great friend in high school and his parents allowed us to frequently hang out at their house. Claire always had a kind and encouraging word for us, made me laugh, and supported our show choir Dreams. She raised her kids to be kind and I was lucky to have such a good friend as Erv. I admire Erv and his sister Claire inspires me as well. I pray they find peace as they go through the grieving process with their families and supportive friends.

Richard Hamm

January 30, 2019

Clare has been a marvelous friend and colleague over the years. During my years in Ft. Wayne (1982-90) as senior pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Clare participated deeply in Clergy United For Action. She was a persistent voice for justice. She will be missed in Ft. Wayne, in the United Church of Christ, and in the whole faith community! Thanks be to God for her life and witness.

Liz Rossignuolo

January 30, 2019

My sister Clare wore many hats, for so many people, but for me she was my sister, my friend, and on many occasions, my mother. She was an advocate for me when I was a child, she encouraged me as a teenager to be true to myself, to find my personal strengths. She gave me advice & support when I was a young mother myself, questioning whether I was failing at something that didn’t always come naturally. She guided me in understanding my spiritual quests. She also accepted some advice and encouragement from me now and then. She was remarkable, and she will be missed.

Kyle Zanker

January 29, 2019

I met Clare at Crossroad Child & Family Services 23 years ago. I saw her calming troubled kids in the school, praying with staff members and children in the chapel, and laughing with families in the hallways. During her chaplaincy at Crossroad, she created important relationships with children and staff. She touched their lives! She touched my life! See you later, friend!
Peace and blessings to family and friends!

Donald I. Kaufman

January 29, 2019

Clare will be remembered fondly and gratefully for her years of life and ministry. Her faithfulness in Christian ministry was a gift of love to many, and her friendship touched my life and those of others in very special ways. She will be missed, but her memory will be treasured. My prayers are extended to her family and friends.

Mary Novachcoff

January 29, 2019

I was privileged to meet Pastor Clare as she became our visiting Pastor and our pulpit pastor for a brief time. She brought me cheer and comfort during a year long illness. I knew our home bound were in kind and capable hands as she served for us. She will be missed by our congregation at Grace St. Johns. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Neil and Donna Wilson

January 29, 2019

We remember Clare during our time in the Bluffton church and the Indiana/Kentucky Conference. She was a committed and faithful servant.
Prayers and Blessings
Pastor Neil and Donna Wilson

Tracy Schultz

January 29, 2019

I’m so sorry for ur loss I will be praying 🙏 for ur whole family she taught me a lot when I was at crossroads I will truly miss her she helped me through a lot over the years and I will never forget that

A.J calkins Mark friskney

January 28, 2019

Mark n I met Clare about 18 years ago after we joined UCC Plymouth. She n Carol are probably the main reason we have continue to attend. They hosted a gay couples retreat for the church shortly after we started.

I also traded cane jokes with her in the last few years and challenged her to a workout at the ymca.

It was good to see her in her pew at church. Always ready with a,smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family n loved ones.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

REV. DR. CLARE M. (FELTES) WALTER, 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born Friday, April 9, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Clare (Petty) Feltes. She was a clergy with United Church of Christ, where she served in several churches including Grace St. Johns and Plymouth Congregational Churches in Fort Wayne. She was a former Chaplain at Crossroads where she created the Religious Life Program. And was a Chaplain at several local hospitals. She received her degree from Earlham School of Religion, and her Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Chicago. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Surviving are her daughters, Claire (Bryan Sims) Roney and Susan Green, both of Fort Wayne; son, Erv (Casey) Walter of Sun Prairie, Wis .; partner, Rev. Carole Green of Fort Wayne; former spouse, Ray Walter of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Theo, Owen, Claire, and Amanda; two sisters, Elizabeth Rosignuolo and Sheila Krueger; and one brother, Chuck Felts. She was also preceded in death by her son, Tom Green; brother, David Feltes; and two sisters, Mary Cooper and Judy O'Connell. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Plymouth Congregational Church, with calling from 10 to 11 a.m.. Calling also from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at the church. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home.