Ana Mercedes Atarama , 65, of Fort Wayne, went Home to her Lord at 10:50 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at her home in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Atarama was born on July 9, 1946 in Piura, Peru, a daughter of Felix and Mercedes (Leon) Aponte.
She was married to Duilio Victor Atarama, in 1971 and moved from Peru to Fort Wayne where she had lived since 1994.
When she was asked what would be the first thing she would do in heaven she responded “I will kneel and kiss my Lord Jesus’ feet and thank Him for everything. Then I will ask Him to dance with me.” Her joyful soul transformed many lives. Her victorious spirit taught us to never give up, and her love for Jesus moved us to follow her as she followed Christ. Let us remember her by reciting, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
The surviving relatives include her husband of 42 years Duilio Victor Atarama; children – Annie (Brett) Sauder of Berne, IN; Susana (Dennys) Castellanos of Mason, OH; Duilio (Denise) Atarama of Cincinnati, OH, Jorge (Dana) Atarama of RAF Lakenheath, UK the United States Air Force; Jannett (Eri) Hernandez of Middletown, OH; Mildred (Arturo) Lopez of Fort Wayne, IN; Francisco (Nawphyu) Bolivar of Fort Wayne, IN; sisters – Teodora Aponte Leon, Teresa Aponte de Ibañez, and Yolanda Aponte de Balarezo; brothers – Ventura Aponte Leon and Gregorio Aponte Leon; grandchildren - Salma Arabella and Isaiah William Sauder; Dennys Josue Castellanos; Victoria Isabella Atarama; Emalyn Grace Atarama; Bryan Martin, Roger Ronald, and Erick Andrew Mills; Gabriel, Daniel and Esther Maria Lopez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Paula Aponte Leon; and by a brother, Manuel Aponte Leon.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Anchor Community Church, 1529 Third Street, Fort Wayne, with Pastor Tim Hallman, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m. on Friday, or at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday afternoon.
Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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