Ruth E. Marquart

January 14, 1927March 24, 2021

Ruth E. Marquart, 94, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She was born January 14, 1927 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Joseph and Pearl Barnett. On July 13, 1946 Ruth married Warren Marquart. For her entire career, Ruth was the Librarian at South Wayne Elementary School. Ruth was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church for more than 20 years and participated in the bell choir and the women's circle within the church. She volunteered at Matthew 25 for many years. She enjoyed aqua aerobics, bowling, and doing tai chi. Ruth also had a passion for taking walks with friends, doing word search, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Ruth’s life focus was her family. She shared her love of music, reading, and children, and taught her family by example to be loving people. She is survived by her children, Marietta (Richard) Fuess, Beth (Michael) Berghoff, Marcus (Donna) Marquart, Tim (MaryKay) Marquart and Jenny (Guy) Rickard; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in passing was her husband, Warren Marquart; son, George Marquart; daughters, Wendy Noble and Sara Walsh; granddaughter Leah Ward; brothers, Charles, Robert, and J. Warren Barnett; and sisters, Mary Lu Lang, Anne Schmidt, and Mae Slater. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819 with visitation beginning at 11am. The service will also be on livestream through the funeral home Facebook page. Memorial contributions can be made to Waynedale United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Waynedale United Methodist Church
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice


  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 3, 2021


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Nada Barnett

April 3, 2021

Ruth was a little sister to my late husband, Charles. Along with our three sons, we had many opportunities to visit Ruth and Marcus
and their children in Ft. Wayne. Joy filled their home and delicious food filled their expandable table. Other siblings joined us for family reunions at various places around the Midwest. Ruth and I were dear friends. We were the same age and enjoyed our "walks" over the years--both real and via letters. She and some of her family surprised me by driving out to North Carolina to help me celebrate my 90th birthday. This vibrant friend will be missed, indeed.

Andy Barnett

April 2, 2021

Ruth was a wonderful and loving aunt to my brothers and I. I remember her home was always full of joy and laughter. She was always a down-to-earth, caring, loving person. She will be missed.

Linda Mowry

April 2, 2021

I feel grateful to have known Mrs. Marquart and to have experienced her generosity. Before she was a beloved librarian she was a supermom. I was amazed at her ability to make cut-out sugar cookies with many little hands trying to "help." She rolled and cut and moved the treats to baking pans so deftly that the process kept pace with the children's enthusiasm. I didn't think about it at the time but now wonder at her willingness to do the Scout troop's committee family camp with little ones at our lake--one outhouse for the crowd and almost no shade. She was such a good role model.

Ruth Strawser

March 31, 2021

All my love to my cousins. She was a great lady and someone I admired, sorry I can’t be there with you, but sending my love and hugs.

Linda Lallow

March 31, 2021

Remembering Mrs. Marquart from the South Wayne Nbhd. She would walk from South Wayne School to her home on Kinnaird, and all the kids would say "hi" as she walked by. What a nice, and respected, lady. My sympathy to her family.

Laura Gamble

March 31, 2021

Words cannot express enough just how wonderful this beautiful soul was. I had Mrs. Marquart as a Librarian while attending South Wayne Elementary and I went on to work at the residential facility where she was living. Mrs. Marquart remembered me after all these years and even asked me how my twin sister was so I knew that she remembered me. You will be missed Mrs. Marquart and I want to thank you for your time and patience that you gave the kids at South Wayne. May you rest in peace and know that you are in the loving arms of our Lord & Savior.

Heather Marquart

March 30, 2021

She was the best grandmother ever so many fun times and memories. I loved when she would read to us and all the stories she would tell me about my dad and his brothers and sisters growing up loved walking to the park with her to see my aunt jenny play soft ball i loved i could go on and on so many wonderful fun times i will miss breaking bread with my grandmother before we all sat down to eat im going to miss her.