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Official Obituary of

Patricia Joy Stelte

November 16, 1937 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Patricia Stelte Obituary

Patricia Joy Stelte was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital on November 16, 1937 weighing 3 lbs. 2 ounces.  The doctors told her parents, Raymond and Elizabeth Weber, she wouldn’t survive.  Two months later, Joy’s stubbornness proved the doctors wrong and Ray and Elizabeth welcomed home their “Pinkie.”  Joy would return to St. Joe Hospital as a young adult to begin her forty-six-year career as a Registered Nurse, most of which was focused on psychiatric care.  Throughout her life, her approachable nature and cheerful laugh drew an orbit of cherished friends and calmed the stress of her patients.  She had a way with people that was uncommon and memorable. Joy married Hugo Stelte and a year later, their son, Patrick entered the world and for the rest of her life, she would often embarrass him in front of friends, acquaintances and strangers proudly proclaiming he was the greatest gift in her life.  When she was pregnant with Patrick, she bought her first camera to photo-journal her family and the purchase proved to be her greatest hobby.  Outside of family photos, Joy loved nature photography and archiving history.  Weekends would be spent driving to local and state parks, taking thousands of pictures of flowers, landscapes, birds, barns and cows.  A red-letter day would be getting  photos of lady slippers at Pokagon and a cluster of cows on the way home.  She was known to snap a photo of an unusual car, street marquee, public art or something unique that would stamp a time or place. Joy was also infected with the wanderlust by way of an early introduction from her grandparents and their adventures together.  After they passed, she continued the explorations by twice traveling to Europe and once to Ireland with a young Patrick in tow.  She managed to visit most of the states by plane, train and automobile, cameras slung over her shoulder waiting to be used with an eye for detail. Joy lived a very full life that finally came to pass on March 24, 2024.  She is survived by her ever-loving son, Patrick, who will miss her to his last day. There will be a service held on Saturday, April 6th at Midwest Funeral Home, 1415 Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN, at 5pm with visitation 2 hours prior

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