Maria "Tere" T. Cardenas
August 9, 1944 – November 14, 2019
Maria "Tere" T. Cardenas, age 75 passed away on Thursday November 14, 2019. She was born August 9, 1944 in Marine NL, MEX to the late Thomas and Maria Luisa Gonzalez. She was the eldest of 6 children.
Maria married and moved to Fort Wayne in 1970 where 4 children were born. She was employed at Wayne Candies for 16 years and Nishikawa for 10 years. Maria loved to make others happy with her cooking, but she was famous for her baking. Her secret recipes still remain a secret. She was a loving, caring mother who loved her children and grandchildren dearly. Surviving her are her children, Gema (Keith) Arnold, Gilberto (Heather) Jr., Elda (Latrail), and Jeffrey Cardenas; grandchildren, Samuel, Emani, Evelyn, and Christian; brothers, Jesus (Santis), Baldemar (Eloisa), and Rolando Gonzalez; and a host of relatives. Also preceding her in passing was her husband of 49 years, Gilberto Cardenas Sr. "Two people who God joined together and departed together"; and sisters, Maria Christina, Maria Luisa, and Myra Gonzalez.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM, 6131 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46835) with visitation two hours prior. Memorial contributions in Maria's memory may be made to Parkview Hospice or Ashton Creek Nursing Home and Rehab.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HockemeyerMillerFH.com for the Cardenas family.
- Parkview Hospice
- Ashton Creek Nursing Home and Rehab
- Calling Monday, November 25, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 25, 2019
- Final Resting
Maria "Tere" T. Cardenas
December 2, 2019
My Madrina Tere – My godmother was a very special person with a heart so big it could fill up a whole room. Her laugh was one of my favorite things about her. When I was a kid and she’d come visit, I always wanted to hang out with the grown-ups so I could listen to her tell her funny stories and jokes. Her spontaneous and infectious laugh was the reason I hung around to see what story she’d tell next.
At birthday and graduation parties, she'd always bring her delicious homemade cookies and sweets. She’d make a point to make a batch of my favorite cookies (the ones baked with potato chips) and tell me that they were just for me. That’s how she was, she made you feel special and loved and she made you feel joy.
My Madrina Tere was grounded and centered and had her priorities straight. Family first; always, family first. I will miss her dearly. Until I see you again, Madrina, know that I loved you.
November 23, 2019
I remember when she always sat down outside on the bench and looked around and talked to people who were coming Down the streets 🥰