Emma Lou "Emmie" Stegmann

August 17, 1923January 13, 2019

Emma Lou “Emmie” Stegmann, 95, of Bluffton, formerly of rural Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. She was born on August 17, 1923 in Decatur, Indiana, a daughter of the late Fred and Marie (Schueler) Kukelhan. She was baptized on August 26, 1923 and confirmed on April 5, 1936 at St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling), Decatur. She worked at General Electric, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and the Quarter Century Club. She enjoyed gardening, going to auctions and flea markets, refinishing furniture, animals, puzzles, and being with her family. Surviving family include her son, Bruce (Lynn) Stegmann; daughters, Bonnie (Ken) Brandewie, Connie (Mark) Bulmahn, and Nancy (Jeff) Cupp; grandchildren, Ashton (Mike) Denton, Corey (fiancé, Alisha Huffman) Bulmahn, Karmen (Travis) Elwer, Jamie Cupp, Blake Bulmahn, Kami and Katie Brandewie, and Jacob Stegmann; step grandchildren, Matt (Jordan) Rundquist and Victoria (Josiah) Reish; great grandchild, Bentley and one on the way; step great grandchildren, Aria, Elizabeth, Harper, Weston, and Kaydence; sisters, Dorothy Oetting and Alice Bauermeister; and sibling-in-laws, Lorna Kukelhan and Gene Hill. Besides her parents, she was preceded in passing by her husband, Walter Stegmann, who she married on September 8, 1956 at St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling), Decatur; sisters, Virginia Hoffman and Betty Hill; and brothers, Albert, Walter, Elmer, and Frederick Kukelhan. Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4900 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian. Entombment will be at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Lutheran South Unity School or Riley Children's Hospital.


  • Lutheran South Unity School
  • Riley Children's Hospital



  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 20, 2019


  • Final Resting Place: Covington Memorial Gardens

Emma Lou "Emmie" Stegmann

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