Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Gabriela A. L. "Lucy" Shrader

March 14, 1930January 20, 2020

Gabriela A. L. "Lucy" Shrader, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 at her home. She was born March 14, 1930 in Nurnberg, Germany. She worked for the Police of Justice in her younger years in Nurnberg, Germany and then worked as a clean room technician at ITT Aerospace, along with having worked for East Allen County Schools as a paraprofessional. Surviving are her, husband, Paul Shrader; daughter, Shirley Russell; grandchildren, Pamela Russell and Adam Russell; and great grandchildren, Kai Pilamunga and Katy Pilamunga. She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Linda McMillen. A memorial service for Gabriela will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 1700 East Pettit Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806. Contributions in Gabriela's memory may be made to Mirro Center for Research & Innovation, Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry, or Allen County SPCA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com for the Shrader family.


  • Mirro Center for Research & Innovation, Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry, or Allen County SPCA


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 6, 2020


Gabriela A. L. "Lucy" Shrader

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Beverly Stark

February 6, 2020

I have such wonderful memories of growing up in Ft. Wayne especially with my Indiana family and Oma Shrader. Their home was my second home and has been for 47 years. I will always keep Oma in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Shrader/Russell families. May her memory always be for a blessing. Hugs and kisses,

Jen (Reinking) Coyle

January 31, 2020

My mother let me know that Mrs. Shrader passed away recently, and I wanted to share with you a bit about what she meant to me.

Mrs. Shrader worked with students at Hoagland Elementary as an aide when I was growing up, and she and I became quite close. She spent a lot of time telling me stories about her growing up in Germany and helping me deal with the serious anxiety I dealt with as a young person, and I have thought of her regularly and fondly through the years since. I have a letter she sent me after her time at Hoagland that I still read and treasure, and I will always remember her patience and kindness during a time when it meant so much to me.

As an adult, I spent fifteen years as a classroom teacher myself, and her example definitely made an impression on me that I passed on to my own students. What a beautiful legacy! I only hope I have made her proud.

I am happy to see she was an animal lover as I am, and I will be giving to the Allen County SPCA and Pet Food Pantry in her honor.

Love and peace to her family and all those who knew and loved her.

-Jen (Reinking) Coyle
Chicago, IL

Debbie (Parkison) Lewandowski

January 27, 2020

Dear Paul and Shirley, I’m your old neighbor from across the street on Stinson Drive. Oh, how I loved Lucy! I remember her wonderful cookies, how she would make coffee for my mom (Jo Parkison) - I vaguely remember her using an egg or egg shells which fascinated me, and listening to her speak in both German and English when she got excited. Such wonderful memories of all of you while we lived there. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will remember Lucy and you in my prayers. God bless. Deb