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Obituary for Evelyn Rake (Maertz)

Evelyn Ruth Rake, age 61 and a longtime Warsaw resident, passed away in Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital on April 8, 2020.

Born in Bronx, New York on February 4, 1959, Evelyn Maertz was the daughter of Edward and Alice (Rownes) Maertz. She was one of five sisters and was raised in New York, graduating from Bronx High School of Science in 1977. She later went on to earn an associate’s degree and worked primarily in accounting and as an office manager for several Warsaw-area companies.

Evelyn was a fun-loving, easy-going person. She rarely knew a stranger and was a jokester at heart. As the co-director of the Kosciusko County Historical Society, Evelyn often lead paranormal tours through the Old Jail. She was a founding member of a local paranormal group and loved TV shows like Ghost Hunters and anything Sci Fi. She also enjoyed trying her luck at the casino and spending time with her sons.

Evelyn is survived by her two sons: Edward Rake and Daniel Rake of Warsaw and Lafayette, respectively. She is also survived by her sister, Marianne Prater and by many nieces and nephews. Those who preceded her in passing include her parents and three sisters: Ellen Short, Joan Radigan and Carol Ann Tozzi.

It was Evelyn’s request to be cremated. A public visitation will not be held at this time though a memorial gathering is in the planning stages. Condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at