Rita Elizabeth Hakel

May 5, 1946December 23, 2020

RITA E. HAKEL, 74, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 23rd 2020. Rita was born in Fort Wayne to Paul A and Helena (Vebert) Lucas and attended Central Catholic High School. She was a loving wife for 25 years as well as a caring and nurturing mother to two sons, three grandchildren, and seven grand puppies. Rita worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper for local small businesses. Her faith life provided her strength through the years being an active member at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph Catholic Church on Brooklyn Ave. Although her life was marked by numerous health challenges her family was the source of her true joy throughout her years. Marrying her husband and having children were her most prized treasures. Her daughters-in-law she often described as the daughters she never had. She loved stopping everything to talk to or spend time with a niece or nephew. Rita enjoyed visits to Lake Michigan as well as the beauty of lighthouses and the American Southwest.

She is survived by her sons Anthony (Bethany) and Stephen (Rachel) Hakel both of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren Austin, Andrew, and Serenity Hakel; siblings Robert (Suzanne) Lucas of Fort Wayne, IN and Kenneth (Melana) Lucas of Alexandria, IN and Therese (Jerry) Tindell of Kalamazoo, MI and sister-in-law Pat Lucas of Fort Wayne, IN. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hakel; parents, Paul A and Helena (Vebert) Lucas; and sibling, Paul J Lucas.

The family will host a virtual remembrance event due to the unique circumstances of our time on Saturday, January 2nd, at 2pm. For additional information please contact Anthony or Stephen. A celebration of life event will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the Parkview Foundation, Designation; Hospice Fund,


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Therese Tindell

January 4, 2021

I thank God for the blessing of you, Rita, dear sister, dear friend. For the closeness we enjoyed through a lifetime of laughter and tears. For your example of determination and faith. For your encouragement and love. For being the best sister there could be.

Soar on angels' wings and enjoy that freedom your spirit longed for.

Ken Lucas

December 30, 2020

Rita was a very special lady and my sister. Always kind, loving and caring and she loved her family most of all. Strong will and determination were additional traits that got her through some of life’s challenges.
I can say in all honesty, that I can only remember one time that I got upset with her. She was two years old and she got to sit on our tricycle instead of me while our mom took a picture. For the next 72 years though, she was a great sister. Not many people can say that about their siblings but Rita was just that special. We’ll miss her.

Carol Terman

December 29, 2020

Rita and I worked together at the Bingham Agency and became good friends. My first plane trip was with her and Elsie to see Pat in Minneapolis. My husband, Don, worked with Roy. We had the idea to introduce Rita and Roy. Obviously, they hit it off. I was fortunate to have her as a friend.

Diane Olwin

December 29, 2020

Many great memories of Rita since she was 12. She had a great heart and will truly be missed😍

Eric Lucas

December 29, 2020

Rita - You were always a delight to spend time with. I'm going to miss you.