Leisa Marie Elser-Patrick

August 21, 1958September 16, 2021

Leisa Marie Elser-Patrick, 63, died tragically on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born August 21, 1958, in Columbia City, Indiana, to Charles and Marjorie (Parker) Elser. Leisa grew up in Albion, Indiana, where she graduated from Central Noble High School in 1976 and then attended college at IPFW. On September 19, 1997, she was married to Luther Patrick. Luther preceded her in death on December 19, 2012. Leisa worked as a Senior Personal Property Deputy for the Office of the Allen County Assessor, where she was employed for 39 years.

Leisa enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, and shopping. She loved her neighborhood walks and traveling to new places all around the world. She adored spending time with her friends and family, and she especially cherished being an aunt and great-aunt. Even though Leisa was taken too soon, she lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who loved her, and her kind and compassionate spirit will be missed by many.

Leisa is survived by her beloved companion, Chris Petrov, of Fort Wayne and Sofia, Bulgaria; siblings, Stan (Tammy) Elser of Indianapolis, Brian (Susan) Elser of Indianapolis, and Laurie (Matt) Keister of Albion; nieces and nephews, Simon Elser, Sarah Elser, Macey Elser, Abbey (Joel) Edinger, Logan (Hannah) Keister, Claire (Michael) Porter, Gabe Keister, David (Adriana) Elser, Ben (Christine) Elser and Asja (Brittanie) Zero; two great-nephews, Owen Porter and Charlie Porter; one great-niece, Maddison Keister; stepchildren, Danny (Lauren) Patrick of Florida, Anita Brown of Wabash, Gregory Patrick of Fort Wayne and Therese Joy Burkett of Fort Wayne, and many aunts, uncles, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, a stepson-in-law, and two step-granddaughters.

There will be a visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at D.O. McComb & Sons, 1320 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Merriam Christian Chapel, 3985 South US-33, Albion, IN 46701, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

Memorials to honor Leisa can be made to the American Cancer Society in remembrance of the courageous battles fought by her late husband and mother.



  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021


  • Preferred Memorial


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Brenda Knach Conley

October 16, 2021

I will deeply miss her. Thinking of you always

Amanda Sievers-Marks

October 15, 2021

Thinking of Leisa’s family during this difficult time and praying for comfort and peace for days to come. 🙏🏻

Our condolences,
Joan ( Darwin) Sievers
Chad Sievers
And Amanda Sievers-Marks.

Susan Mangus-Hague

September 25, 2021

Stan, Brian, and Laurie, so sorry for your loss. Hearing of Leisa's death brought a flood of childhood memories to me. We shared time at each others homes. When the Albion Chain-O-Lakes days came, I would stay with her so we could go to the event together. When the Noble County 4-H Fair was in Kendallville, she would stay with my family so we could go together to the fair. Leisa was such a fun, loving person. So glad I could call her a friend. Praying for a comfort and peace for family and friends

Chad Sievers

September 25, 2021

Our family is so saddened to hear of Leisa's sudden death. Our family lived across the street from the Elsers in Albion. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Kristie Springer

September 25, 2021

My heart were always there...a member of our words. Still cant wrap my head around this.

corinne meinert

September 24, 2021

Leisa was a wonderful gift to all of us and we deeply miss her. I am heartbroken at this very sad time and wish to express my deepest sympathies to Leisa's family, to Chris and to all who loved her. Leisa and I shared almost 40 years of friendship and I have many wonderful memories of time spent with this dear, sweet girl. I love you Leisa. Rest in peace Dear Friend.

Jackie Mahlock

September 24, 2021

Leisa was my best friend and confidant. After I retired in June 2017, I didn’t see Leisa everyday but we kept in close contact. Words can not express the sorrow I feel loosing my dear friend. She was a beautiful person inside and out. My heart is broken. My thoughts and prayers are with all her friends, Chris and family. May all of the beautiful memories help us get through this difficult time. Until we meet again.

Pamela Salk

September 24, 2021

Leisa and I have been close friends since 1979. We both started working at the City-County Bldg in Jan of 1979. We ate lunch together every day. Our husbands were close friends and business associates. We have been inseparable for all these years. I consider Leisa my sister. I love her more than words can say! I will never be the same! I am totally devistated💔

Therese Joy Burkett

September 23, 2021

Leiza will forever be loved for her kindness and gentleness. My father loved her so very much. As with all of you, I am shocked at her passing much too soon and so abrupt.
When we came together for holidays and she asked - what can I bring? I suggested whatever she liked to make. And we all looked forward to her brownies!
We will feel her absence far into the future, but especially now when it’s so fresh and so new.
May she rest in eternal peace and may God bless each of you always.

Brian Black

September 23, 2021

So sorry to learn of Leisa's tragic passing.

Growing up in the same small community of Albion, In. I have many memories of Leisa and her well thought of family. Can still picture Leisa as that little girl growing up across the street from my family. Also that pretty young teenage girl working at Fischer's Pharmacy after school ringing you up with a beautiful smile abound by rosy cheeks and a cheerful personality.

Extending my deepest sympathies fo her many friends and family. Especially Stan, Brian and Laurie know how much our heart goes out to all of you during this very difficult time... Leisa will be missed but not forgotten.. May God be with all of you. 🙏❤🙏

Brian & Val Black
Albion, Indiana