Marianne Hess

Marianne Hess, 87, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at her home. She was born February 1, 1934 in Bellaire, Ohio, the daughter of the late Edward and Betty Jackson.

She was an active member of the Saint Joseph United Methodist Church and Enjoyed volunteering, singing in the choir, writing plays, and giving sermons as a lay speaker in her home churches and others across northeast Indiana. Throughout her life, she gravitated towards jobs that allowed her to work with people, and she made lifelong friends along the way at the Journal Gazette, Artificial Limb Company, and Crazy Sisters Coffee. Not one to sit around in "retirement," she spent the last 10+ years ushering for events at Purdue Fort Wayne and the Embassy Theater, occasionally making an appearance as Mrs. Claus.

She is survived by her three beloved children, John (Carolyn) Hess, Haslett, MI, Thomas (Connie) Hess, Westerville, OH, Janet (Randy) Treadway, Fort Wayne, IN, and sister-in-law, Carol Jackson. She took special pride in telling everyone she met about her seven grandchildren; Matthew (Amber Sullivan) Hess, Blue Island, IL, Nicole (Larry) Niewenhuis, Grand Ledge, MI, Ashley (Jason) Southern, Fort Wayne, IN, Aubrey (James) Hofmann, Westerville, OH, Erica (Nick) Timm, Greenfield, WI, Casey (Thomas) Stradtner, South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Kyra Hess, Boston, MA. She enjoyed every minute of her time as GiGi to great-grandchildren, Nora, Ella, Ramona, Greyson, and Sansa. She was preceded in death by her parents, and younger brother, Edward Jackson.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46835 with visitation one hour prior.

Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021 at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph United Methodist Church or Fort Wayne Embassy.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Judy Wannemacher

May 7, 2021

I worked with Marianne at the Embassy. She has been such a joy to know. My prayers are with you all.

Judy Wannemacher

Judy Sickles

May 6, 2021

Dear John, Tom and Janet,

You were so blessed to have such a wonderful and extraordinary woman as your Mother. She was always so loving and caring to everyone she met. She always treated me like one of her own and I will always remember her laughter, beautiful smile and caring ways. I loved her so much and will miss talking to her.

May God wrap his loving arms around all three of you and your families and guide you through this time. I am always here for you.
All my love always,
Judy Sickles

Karen (Laney) Snyder

May 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Janet and family. Janet, Randy and the girls were dear neighbors for years and we had the privilege of seeing and getting to know Marianne when she would visit. She was always smiling and had kind words to share. Love for her family was her first priority. We were so excited one year when we visited the Festival of Trees to see her as Mrs. Clause. It was the perfect part for her. Marianne will be deeply missed.

Steve & Karen (Laney) Snyder
Brian Laney, Chris Laney & Sara (Laney) Clawson

Terri Batson

May 5, 2021

Dear Janet, John, Tom and families,

We are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. This unexpected loss of Marianne is so painful, but we trust you feel the great comfort that the Lord provides in times like this. Marianne was a very special woman and friend to our family. She lived life to the fullest and loved others so well. May you find joy in reflecting on the many wonderful times you shared with her.
Love, Terri & Doug Batson, Helena Treadway

Paula Flowers

May 5, 2021

Dear John, Tom, and Janet,
Your mother's smile will be with me always. She could light up a room. She will be missed dearly. She was a great person and loved by all. I know this is a sad time for you all, and I wish I could say it gets easier, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my mom. They were good friends and are now together in heaven.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Paula and Steve Flowers

Mark McKinney

May 5, 2021

I met Marianne when I joined the Embassy almost 13 years ago. My birthday was the day after hers and Mary Carney's. She was such a sweetheart and a kind person. She loved showering the staff and volunteers with treats and gifts whenever she could. Several years ago, she made a teddy bear for me that wore a trench coat and a fedora that I will cherish always. I'm so glad she stopped in early last week to visit. She was in great spirits that day, and she was sharing stories and updates with us from the past year. I'm going to miss her so much. She was a special person, and I'm glad to have called my dear friend. Rest in peace my darling.

Nancy Breidigan

May 4, 2021

Janet, John and Tom
So very sorry to hear about Aunt Marianne. There is nothing like the loss of a mom. My heart just breaks for everyone of you. Aunt Marianne was just such a sweet person and you were all very blessed to have her in your life for so many years. I will keep you all in our prayers.
Love Walt and Nancy

Nancy Fabry

May 4, 2021

I remember Marianne fondly. My grandparents lived across the street from her when I was growing up. I used to spend a lot of time at her house with Janet. She was always so nice to me. She will be missed by many. Prayers for her family to find peace.

Mary Carney

May 4, 2021

I met Marianne almost 20 years ago at the Embassy, we would work concessions together, that is where it all began. We shared the same birthday and she always told everyone we were around that we were sisters from different mothers. Every week we talked, she would call me and talk to me on my way home for 40 minutes. I will miss hearing her voice and stories. To John, Tom, and Janet, please know that your mother had a great day on Tuesday, I stopped and saw her, she told me she had stopped by the Embassy and had a wonderful visit. She was looking forward to working on Wednesday’s taking tickets. My sincere condolences to the entire family. Heaven gained a wonderful angel!

Jim Sketel

May 4, 2021

Dear John, Janet, and Tom,
Please except our warmest thoughts and prayers for your beautiful Mother. God has gained another Angel from our extended Bellaire family. May she Rest In Peace.

Love Jim, Roseann, Anna, and Michael Sketel