Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Nöella Kruse

January 23, 1918August 3, 2019

Nöella Kruse, 101, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Hospice Home. She was born January 23, 1918 in Lublé, France. She married Henri Janssens, losing him during WWII in Belgium. She then met and married Charles Kruse, a U. S. Soldier and returned to the United States with him. She taught herself how to read and write English and was a long time member of the French Club. She devoted much of her time to working as a homemaker and caring for her family. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed knitting and crafting. Her caring and compassionate side showed in many ways, as she was a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years and was also known as the mother of all strays. Keeping the family’s ties strong was important to Nöella, having taken her family back to Europe many times. She adored her family and friends in the U. S. and in Europe. She is survived by her children, Liliane Kruse Mertes and Jerry (Sandy) Kruse; daughter in law, Edith Janssens; grandchildren, Jack Janssens, Jr., Matthew Janssens, Andrew Janssens, Michael Janssens, Eric Mertes, Phillip Mertes, and Dennis Mertes; step grandchildren, Amy Carter, Michael Ash, Mark Ash, Aaron Ash, and Denise Williams; 12 great grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marthe Didiot; first husband, Henri Janssens; second husband, Charles Kruse; sons, Jack Janssens, Sr. and Lawrence “Larry” Kruse; grandson, Timothy Janssens; and step grandson Kevin Mertes. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Entombment will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Nöella may be made to Masses or Visiting Nurse. Visit www.elzey-patterson-rodak funeralhome.com to leave condolences for the Kruse family.


  • Masses or Visiting Nurse


  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Final Resting Friday, August 9, 2019


Nöella Kruse

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August 9, 2019

Tu seras toujours là

Tracy Williams

August 8, 2019

Charles and Noella Kruse made a positive impact in my life. Even when life movies you in another direction. They taught me what unconditionally love was. Thank You Charles, Noella, Jack, Lilly, Larry & Jerry and Family for a lifetime of memories. The only words that come to mind about this whole Family is "Awesome Sause" Gone but never forgotten!!
"We are born to make a difference "
Tracy M. Williams

Larry Martin

August 8, 2019

Jerry and other members of family, I offer my condolences on the death of your Mother, may God be with you and keep you.
Larry Martin

Julien Havelange

August 7, 2019

With heartfelt condolences.