Dr. Margaret Jane Hitzeman Ball

May 5, 1923December 4, 2012
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Margaret Jane Hitzeman Ball, M.D. Dr. Margaret Jane Ball, M.D., beloved wife of the late Dr. J. Robert Ball, M.D. for 60 years, passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. She was born in Fort Wayne on May 5, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Alvin Frederic and Paula Ida Hitzeman. Dr. Ball graduated from Fort Wayne North Side High School, where she was a majorette in the band and a member of the National Honor Society. She received her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Indiana University and her Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ball was offered a surgical residency at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Florida, but chose instead to return to Fort Wayne to specialize in Pathology and Transfusion Services and be the best wife and mother in the world. She was the Medical Director of the Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross Blood Center for 27 years. She was a pioneer in establishing plasmapheresis, skin and tissue banking at the Center, for which she received national recognition. She was active in many Fort Wayne charities including the local Tri Kappa Chapter, Fort Wayne Charity Horse Shows, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Ballet and the Miss Fort Wayne pageant. She was a member of Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Fort Wayne Medical Society. She was a great lover of animals and a basketball fan. Surviving are her children, Susan Ball-Allsop (Douglas), J. Robert Ball, II (Stephanie), Nancy Ball-Blake (David), and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by dear family friend and caretaker, Mary Hostetler. The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Herbert Acker, M.D., our family physician, for his compassionate care of our mother, to the wonderful staffs at St. Joseph Hospital and Coventry Meadows, and especially to the incredible caregivers at the Homestead Hospice. The family will greet friends for a service at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN, at 11:00 am on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Dr. Ball will be privately laid to rest next to her husband in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorial flowers are appreciated, other memorials may be made in Dr. Ball’s name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dr. Margaret Jane Hitzeman Ball

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December 29, 2012



December 8, 2012

Remember what you promised me, Mom! I love you with all my heart. Hug Daddy for me.

December 6, 2012

Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers during this time of sorrow and loss. (Cathy Ulmer, Columbia, SC)

Donna Keese

December 6, 2012

Sue, I know what you are going through and I will always be there for you. You are a sweet and dear friend...and you are in my prayers and my heart during this time of grief. I know you know she is now back with your Dad, as well as with our Heavenly Father, in perfect peace. Love you sweetie. Please call if you need me.

Laura Godfrey

December 6, 2012

My heart goes out to you, Sue and all your family. I hope you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such a lovely person and I am sure you learned many of your great traits from your mother.

Mike & Susan Bechtel

December 5, 2012

Sue and family,so sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Stuart Steele

December 5, 2012

Nancy, Sue and Bob, I am so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a remarkable woman and her legacy lives on in the three of you and your children. My prayers and sympathies are with you and your families at this time. Grief can be so hard during the holidays, may all your special memories help you cope with your loss.

Dale Bultemeier

December 5, 2012

Nancy, sorry to read about the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dale B - PHP

December 5, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your familly. God is still in control. Keep the faith.

Loretta Long(Ridgeway, SC)

Beau Bauerschmidt

December 5, 2012

Sue, I am deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. I know how much you loved her. You and your family are in my prayers. Try to stay strong through this most difficult time.