PEARL SOLLBERGER 1920-2019

FORT WAYNE – Pearl I. Sollberger, 98, passed away on April 12.

She was born in Mendon, Ohio on July 16, 1920, the daughter of the late Joseph Ickes and Gladene Royer. Pearl was a 1939 graduate of Ridge High School in Ridge Township. Pearl and her husband, Don, moved frequently to accommodate Don’s career. Pearl enjoyed all of the places they lived, including New York and Alabama. They retired in Huntsville, Ala., before relocating back to Fort Wayne. She worked at Indiana Bell Telephone Company from 1945 to 1955. Pearl was a member of Fort Wayne Garden Club, Meals on Wheels in Huntsville, Ala. and a 30-year member of Latham United Methodist Church in Huntsville. After moving to Fort Wayne, she became a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Pearl was an accomplished seamstress and became a prolific painter, starting in her 50s. She also was a talented piano player and gave piano lessons in her earlier years.

She is survived by her nieces, Karla (Dick) Barrett and Eileen (Max) Kochensparger; nephew, William (Noemi) Foster; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Donald Sollberger, in 2006; brother, Robert Ickes; sister, Mary Reidenbach; and stepsister, Evelyn Foster.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will take place in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.