Clisty L. Fruchte, 91, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, 2020, at Swiss Village in Berne.
She was born on June 3, 1929, in Monroe to Edward and Lillie (Beer) Rich. On Aug. 6, 1950, Clisty and Herbert Eugene “Herb” Fruchte were married at the Monroe United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 2011.
Clisty’s life could be described in “let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father,” Matthew 5:16 New Living Bible.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She always lent a helping hand to her immediate family, church family, friends and neighbors. Most of all she was a joyful prayer warrior and served the Lord by serving others with her talents and remarkable faith. She was a caregiver to family and was devoted to significant care of her son, Keith.
Clisty worked at the Dutch Mill and was custodian for the Monroe United Methodist Church for more than 25 years. She also was a part of the United Methodist Women’s Group, presenting lessons from the Word, and also was helpful with fundraising projects for missions.
All who entered their home were welcomed with open arms, good food, and a listening ear. She took time to get to know people and was interested in their personal stories. Clisty will long be remembered for her warm smile and winning personality, a gracious host to all who entered her home.
She had a passion for cooking and perfected many recipes. Fixing food for others brought her joy. She was featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette’s “Cook’s Corner” for her baked apples, breaded chicken strips and potato soup. The potato soup was a church bazaar and family favorite.
During her time at Swiss Village her ministry continued with a friendly smile and her positive affirmation for her caregivers. She was loved and will be missed by all.
Survivors include her children; Karen (Ken) Johnson of Decatur, Connie (Scott) Sprunger of Berne and Keith Fruchte of Berne along with three grandchildren; Kristina (Sprunger) Dudgeon and Jared of Berne, Jennifer (Sprunger) Gilbert and Matthew of Monroe, Allison (Sprunger) Garwood and Dustin of Monroe and eight great-grandchildren; Lauren Dudgeon, Austin Dudgeon, Alivia, Millie and Wrigley Gilbert and Kinsley, Aspen and Wynn Garwood.
Clisty is also survived by a brother, Howard (Beverly) Rich of Bluffton and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Fruchte of Decatur.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings; Doyle Rich, Eileen Borne, Dorothy Rich and Harold Rich.
A private family service will be held at Monroe United Methodist Church with Pastor David Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Ray Cemetery in Monroe.
Memorials may be made in Clisty’s memory to the Monroe United Methodist Church.
There will be a celebration of life service in the spring at the Monroe United Methodist Church. Details will be announced when they are available.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.