Arlene B. (Chapman Hankee) Conn, 85

Arlene B. (Chapman Hankee) Conn, 85, of Fort Wayne died at 2:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Lutheran Life Villages-Pine Valley in Fort Wayne.  She was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Pontiac, Mich. to George Clement and Lorna A. (Bryson) Bergin.

Arlene was a graduate of St. Fredericks High School in Pontiac. She first married Robert Chapman on Aug. 20, 1953 in The Heights, Mich.; he died Nov. 12, 2000. She then married Charles Hankee on Dec. 11, 2004 in North Manchester; he died Aug. 25, 2013. She then married Raymond Conn on Oct. 26, 2014 in Fort Wayne.

Arlene worked for Salt Lake City Newspapers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at the North Manchester Monitor. She was a member of St. Roberts Catholic Church in North Manchester, and a former member of the River City Singers. Arlene enjoyed sewing, swimming at the Community pool, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by her husband Raymond Conn of Fort Wayne; seven children, Beth (Gene) Rhoades of North Manchester, Marg (Lloyd) Bangues of Glendale, Ariz., Joseph (Janice) Chapman of North Manchester, Kay (Larry) Stevens of Park City, Utah, Pat Rynearson and Michael (Lynn) Chapman, both of Fort Wayne, and Chris (Marvin Gheen) Stuart of North Manchester; three step children, Tami (Steven) Conn-Frey of Hudson, Merrilee (Ken) Kapsi of Kennewick, Wash., and Matthew (Tamatha) Conn of Fort Wayne; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, George Bergin Jr.; her sister, Dorothy Brumbaugh; and her grandson, Jacob Chapman.

Memorial services will be 12 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Friends may call from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, at the church. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Preferred memorial is Lutheran Life Villages - Pine Valley in Fort Wayne.

The memorial guest book for Arlene may be signed at

Posted on 2020 Mar 09