Mary Lynne Slonaker

July 31, 2016

Mary Lynne Slonaker 69, of Monroeville, Ind., died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.  She was born December 29, 1946 in Frankfort, Ind., to the late William “Bill” & Winifred (Ward) Kinsler.  She married Stephen W. Slonaker on March 31, 1979 and he preceded her in death on November 19, 1996.  A former Clinton County resident, Mary Lynne was a 1964 graduate of Clinton Central High School. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Ball State and her PhD from Indiana State.  She was a teacher at Clinton Central for 2 years.  Following that, she became a school psychologist, working at Fort Wayne Community Schools for over 40 years.  After retirement from full time work in 2004, she then worked part time for 11 more years. Mary enjoyed sewing, reading, travel and spending time with her family.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will in Whiteman Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Michigantown School Renovation Project or American Cancer Society.

Survived by:

Daughter: Amanda Slonaker of Fishers, Ind. Son: Josh Slonaker of Chicago, Ill. Sister: Carolyn (Sam) Fields of Michigantown Brother-in-Law: Jeff Barnes of Roseville, Cal. Sister-in-Law: Carol Wilcox of Peru, Ind.

Preceded by:

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Barnes.


Leave your Condolences

16 Condolences for “Mary Lynne Slonaker”

  1. Larry & Pat Newton August 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Carolyn & Sam, We were saddened to learn of Mary Lynne’s passing. We will keep you and all her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Jeff and Julie Nolan August 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Our prayers and sympathy Josh, to you and your family.

  3. Anita (John) Bowers, Monroeville, IN August 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Years ago, I remember speaking with Mary Lynne on occasion during the summer youth league ball games at Monroeville Park. Mary Lynne sounded like a wonderful, energetic, resourceful, hard-working and very intelligent woman. How unfortunate for me that I didn’t get to know her.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Cheryl Keim August 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Mary Lynne for the last 23 years. She always had a smile on her face and an infectious positive attitude. She will be missed by all. My sincerest condolences to the family.

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you, Cheryl. Our mother loved working with you all in FWCS. We appreciate your condolences.

  5. Cynthia A Berning August 4, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Amanda, I remember your mother from your junior high and high schools years at Heritage. Also with all the band performances. She was a very nice lady to talk with. Melissa contacted me this morning to say she had passed away. Our deepest sympathy to you and your brother. You need to cherish the memories you have had of your mom for years to come. She is in a better place now and we shall all join her one day.

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you, Cindy. We appreciate your kind words and thoughts.

  6. Susan Rupert August 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I was part of a bowling team that Mary Lynne was on years ago. She was always such a fun person. She will be missed by many people.

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you, Sue. She really enjoyed her friendships with everyone on the bowling team.

  7. Linda K. Wiegman August 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Amanda and Josh, I was saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your dear mother. Every time that I talked with her, she always talked about her children and shared what they were doing in their lives. She was so very proud of each one of you and loved you deeply. Your mother is to be admired for her dedication and commitment to her family, friends, and profession. She was a advocate for the student with special needs. I shall always remember her enthusiasm and daunting work ethic. She touched so very many lives for the better. May her legacy live on in your lives. Lifting you and your family up in prayer.

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda. We appreciate your kind words and prayers.

  8. Jennifer Zent August 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Amanda & Josh,

    My sincere condolences during this difficult time. May God provide you comfort and strength in the days ahead and joy in remembering and celebrating your mother’s life. As a school psychologist, your mother led by example. Mary Lynne was honest, fair, hardworking, had great integrity, and was highly respected and regarded by those who knew her and had the opportunity to work with her. I will fondly remember our many conversations about work and trading life experiences. I will certainly miss her smile, humor and laughter! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and prayers, Jennifer. She really enjoyed working with everyone in FWCS.

  9. Roxy Rockwell August 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Mary Lynne was a co-worker and friend through FWCS forever. She also tested my youngest son and helped him realize he was indeed intelligent. It was a turning point in his life and she always checked on how he was doing. She was a compassionate psychologist and could test the most challenging students, always finding positive things to share, doing an excellent job in testing and in conferences. We shared many fun times and funny stories and her final retirement from FWCS was a loss for many of us. I am truly sorry for your loss and hope memories help you through the tough times. (I have Amanda and Josh stories from when you were younger and feel as though I saw you grow up to become the people she was so proud of.) The world was a better place because of Mary Lynne. Love, Roxy Rockwell (PT, FWCS)

    • Amanda August 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Roxy. She loved her work with you and everyone in FWCS. She especially enjoyed working with the children and families. Thank you also for sharing your story. Your kind words mean a lot.

  10. Pat & Bill Anthis August 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Condolences to the family.

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