Karen Machelle Christopher

February 18, 1950April 18, 2021

Karen Machelle Christopher, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne and was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. She graduated from South Side High School and Indiana University, Fort Wayne, with a degree in Education. She taught 1st and 3rd grades for 40 plus years at Leo Elementary and Cedarville Elementary, retiring in 2013. She enjoyed watching the Hoosiers, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, along with playing cards with her special friends. She loved being surrounded by family and friends and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Michael of Fort Wayne; children, Chad of Kailua, HI, Stacy of Fort Wayne, and Kevin of Kailua, HI; grandchild, Carter Young; sister, Barbara (David) Gifford of Town and Country, MO; nephews, Patrick (Jodi) and Matthew (Emily); great nieces and nephews, Paige, Jason, Jamison, Maxwell and Megan Gifford. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Ned” Bussard and mother, Mildred Bussard. Memorial Service is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Advantage Highland Park, 2403 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, with calling two hours prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Services of NE Indiana or Cedarville Elementary. To sign the online guestbook, go to


  • Cancer Services of NE Indiana
  • Cedarville Elementary


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021


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Melissa Smead-Hudson

May 3, 2021

Christopher family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Christopher was my first grade teacher at Leo Elementary. She is one of the reasons I am a teacher today! Prayers for your family during this difficult time!
Melissa Smead Hudson

Dave Price

May 3, 2021

It’s always sad when a friend leaves us. Karen was such a kind and loving person. See will be greatly missed.

Susan Bandt

May 2, 2021

How do you say goodbye to a friend for over 60 years? It is with great sorrow, but many, many happy memories . Karen was always a positive person and happy to see you, no matter the circumstances. She loved her family so much and it was reflected in everything she did for them. She never put herself first, but serving others needs was her life's goal. Her grandson, Carter, was the highlight of her life. She was a dedicated teacher and loved her students. She loved playing bid Euchre at our monthly card club, but with the pandemic, we did not get together. The last time we played was at Karen's house on St. Patrick's Day 2020. We always had lots of laughs. She was such a gracious hostess and good cook. She loved sharing recipes. I will miss my sweet friend, but look forward to seeing her in Heaven some day. Forever friends. Love you, Susie

robert schaper

May 2, 2021

Karen worked with my wife at Cedarville. I meet her several times and did a lot to help her. Gods comfort to her family.

Deb Jenkins

April 30, 2021

Karen was such a sweet lady. She worked with me at Cedarville Elementary. When I first arrived at Cedarville, she welcomed me with open arms and always had a great smile. We often talked after school and I want you all to know what a wonderful person she was. She was so proud of her children and husband and never had anything but positive things to say about you all. She was greatly missed when she retired and I know she will be greatly missed by her family.