Phyllis A. DeKoninck

    Phyllis A. (Rauch) DeKoninck, Fort Wayne and formerly of Decatur, died at 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2014, with all of her family by her side.
    She was born in Decatur Feb. 15, 1927, to the late Alfred and Rose Rauch. She married Frank M. DeKoninck June 5, 1948; he survives. In June of this year, they celebrated 66 years of marriage.        Phyllis operated deKon’s Kitchen for many years, selling the business in 1976. Her specialty was homemade wedding cakes. Through this business she touched many lives, with perhaps the most famous being a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.
  She worked for several years at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel as the cafeteria manager, where she loved making elephant ears for the students. Her grandchildren really enjoyed the elephant ear parties she hosted, each trying to top the other in the number eaten. She also worked at Waterfield Mortgage.
    Phyllis loved to bake. Her children and grandchildren say she made the best pumpkin pie in the world. She also enjoyed, sewing, ceramics, embroidery machine and crochet. She won many ribbons over the years for competition in craft shows both locally and statewide.
    She participated in many group trips with her husband and friends, with the most memorable being to Belgium where they became acquainted with her husband’s relatives.
    Among survivors are her daughters, Patricia Rinehart, Lois Wolpert, Susan Klingenberger, Jeanne (M. John) Diemer, Roselyn (Gregory) Aspy; one son, Rev. Kevin (Dr. Beth) DeKoninck; two brothers, John and Alvin Rauch; sisters, Loretta Rumschlag and Harriet Schwaller, all of Decatur; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by a grandson, Drew Aspy; brothers, Homer, Charles, William; and sisters, Ruth Gage and Leona Lengerich.  
    The family would like to thank both Lutheran Life Villages and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful loving care given during the past year.
    Funeral services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
    Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home on Winchester Road.
    Preferred memorials are for masses, Lutheran Life Villages and Heartland Hospice.
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