MARCIEL JEAN BESSER STANTON SOLGA, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008, following a major stroke. Born August 2, 1924, at home in Dunkirk, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Virgil C. and Evelyn (Morgan) Besser. She attended schools in Ohio and Indiana. She married Bob Stanton in 1941; Raymond J. Solga in 1949; and was later engaged to Ray Wyss; all three men preceded her in death. She lived in Fort Wayne most of her adult life where she worked at Sears, Montgomery Wards and Dana while raising her family. She loved to read, listen to music and enjoy her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and was well known for her homemade vegetable soup, date nut bread and her escalloped potatoes.
She is survived by sons, Tony Stanton of Warwick, Georgia, Raymond A. (Joellen) Solga of Lillian, Alabama, Richard Solga of Kendallville, and John (Jill) Solga of Fort Wayne; daughter, Janie (Tom) Kennerk of Wolcottville; sisters, Verna Gasper of Fort Wayne, Ruby Verville of Paw Paw, Michigan, Carol (Frank) Zinsler of Clayton, Georgia; sister-in-law, Francis Luellen; grandchildren, Tresha (Johnny Sr.) Senn, Elizabeth Stanton, Lonnie Stanton-Clemens, Denny Stanton-Clemens, Terri (Oscar) Pike, Angela (Charles) Smith, Kirk (Rebecca) Stanton, Samantha Jamison, Lisa Kennerk, Timothy (Leeann) Kennerk, Marcia (Jon) Schneider, Jennifer Kennerk, Danielle Ueber, Cherie (Chris) Hawley, Nicholas Solga, Adam (Monica) Solga, Joshua Solga, Megan Solga, Adam (Karen) Donnelly, Jordan Donnelly, Nichole Solga, Camille Solga, and Steve Solga Jr.; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her sons, Chris Stanton, James Solga and Steve Solga Sr.; daughter, Carol Solga; great-grandchildren, Corey Kennerk, Kelly Solga and (infant) Hawley; and a brother, Ralph C. Besser-Luellen.
Funeral service was 7 p.m. Friday at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.
Memorials to the family.