Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Leota Henline Schoedel

June 18, 1928August 12, 2019

Leota Henline Schoedel, 91, of Angola, entered her eternal rest on Monday, August 12, 2019. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 18, 1928, to the late Arthur J. and Irma (Tonne) Meyer. She was baptized on July 8, 1928, at Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, and confirmed on March 29, 1942, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Leota graduated from St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School in 1942 and Concordia Lutheran High School in 1946. Leota married Herbert H. Henline on July 10, 1948 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1971. Leota and Walter Schoedel were married on August 10, 1996. She was employed at Lutheran Social Services and an Administrative Secretary to the President of Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire Company. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and active in the Parent Teachers’ Organization, Altar Guild, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday School. More recently, she was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and involved with the Dorcas Quilting Group. She made bed quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and won awards at some national quilt shows. She also tatted handkerchiefs for gifts and enjoyed gardening. She also made greeting cards for her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Walter; children Carol (Mitch) Henke, Candace (Tom) Prochaska, Connie Gilman, Colleen (Linn) Kracht; grandchildren, Chris (Liz) Henke, Cara Henke, Micah (Lindsey) Prochaska, Megan (Kevin) Prochaska, Meryl Prochaska, Nicole (Jim) O’Connell, Colette (Justin) Kline, Kyle (Monica) Kracht, Kami (Jon) Seeberger, and Kari (Dustin) Lussier. She has 11 great grandchildren, Andrew, Dawn, and Natalie Henke, Layla, Mattias, and Marek Prochaska, James and Alice O’Connell, Emerick Seeberger, and Dylan and Daxton Lussier. Also, surviving are her step children, John (MaryAnn) Schoedel, Mark (Sue) Schoedel, Marcia (Jim) Eckrich, David (Sara) Schoedel, Peter Schoedel, Paula (Bill) Burnett, and Michael (Alyson) Schoedel. Her step grandchildren surviving are, Emily (Jimmy) Sanchez, Alison (Adam) Santos, Daniel (Courtney) Schoedel, Joseph (Mandy) Schoedel, David (Christina) Martens, Ben Eckrich, Adam (Amanda) Schoedel, Abbey (Joe) Schneider, Claire Schoedel, Kathryn, Rebekah, Thomas, Joshua Schoedel, Drew (Caroline) Burnett, Kristin Burnett, and Madelyn and Patrick Schoedel. Great step grandchildren are, Aubrey and Adam Santos, Parker, Paisley, and Penelope Sanchez, Kaitlyn and Hannah Schoedel, Ava and Jack Schoedel, Henry and Thomas Martens, and Maeve Schoedel. Also surviving is her sister, Carolyn Meyer Cole of New Haven, Indiana and sister in law, Monna Meyer, of Lime Lake, Michigan. She experienced blessings in her Christian walk, faith in our Lord, and joy in her blended family. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 West Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne with a gathering following the service. Inurnment will be at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Lutheran Social Services, Concordia Lutheran High School, Wheatridge Foundation, or Worship Anew. Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne is handling arrangements.


  • Trinity English Lutheran Church
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Concordia Lutheran High School
  • Wheatridge Foundation
  • Worship Anew


30 August

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Trinity English Lutheran Church

450 West Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802


Leota Henline Schoedel

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Dale Kruse

August 17, 2019

Back in the 1950's Lee and her family lived down the street from my family, and my parents asked her to be the "baby sitter" for my younger brothers and me. When we were reacquainted in recent years after Lee and Walt were married, I commented that she was really asked to be my brothers' sitter, and as the oldest brother, I didn't need a sitter. When I said that, Lee just looked at me and smiled................. She was a lovely lady, a wonderful companion to Walt in these recent years. My wife, Karen, and I enjoyed our times with Walt and Lee.

Kathy Eckrich

August 14, 2019

I remember visiting Walt in his Laclede independent living home after Barbara had died! He quickly shared the information about Lee and him marrying! I had no idea and was upset my family hadn’t alerted me before I went over there! After I returned home, I soon realized my husband didn’t know either!!! I felt like it was a wonderful transition for him! And their knowing each other went way back! It was so great Lee and he were able to share some wonderful years together... they were both richly blessed by their marriage! Kathy