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Catherine S Pierce

February 19, 1938 ~ June 21, 2020 (age 82)


Catherine S. Pierce “Sue” age 82, of Fort Wayne, IN  passed from this life to join her heavenly father on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. 


Sue was born on February 19, 1938 to Robert E. Wilkerson founder of the Fort Wayne Black Urban League and Leona C. Turner Wilkerson.


Sue was the wife of US Air Force Veteran Thurman B. Pierce “Vic.” 


Sue worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools in the Title I Program and retired from St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 


She was a member of the Allen County SPCA and loved to get her cats there. Sue’s cat “Jasmine” will miss her! Susie was also a member of St. Mary’s Mother of God Church and enjoyed spending time with her family, church family and having BBQ’s with her friends. Her BBQ sauce was famous! 


Sue leaves to cherish her memory, son: Victor B. Pierce (Melissa) of Fort Wayne, IN; stepson: Thurman B. Pierce Jr. of Sacramento, CA; stepdaughter: Joanne Pierce of Rialto, CA; granddaughters: Victoria E. A. Pierre-Louis (Richard) of Maple Grove, MN, Alyssa K.E. Hooks (T.J.)  of Fort Wayne, IN., Aurilia L. J. Pierce of Fort Wayne, IN; step-grandchildren: Christopher Pierce, Danelle Pierce, Charday Pierce, Deonzelle Pierce all of Sacramento, CA, Juaneisha Pierce of Richmond, CA, Shondreal Pierce of Fairfield, CA, Brittney Pierce of Las Vegas,NV, Tyrone Vernon of Montclaire, CA, and Tyree Vernonof Longbeach, CA; great grandsons: Jeffery Maxwell, Vakai Kerns, Kameron Morris, Victor Watson, DeAndre D. Jones, Kayden Hooks, and Tristen Jones; niece: Pamela Wilkerson, nephew: Robert E. Wilkerson III., and David Wilkerson, and a host of step-great grandchildren. 


Sue was preceded in death by her parents: Robert E. Wilkerson and Leona C. Wilkerson, brothers: Robert E. Wilkerson Jr. and Ronald C. Wilkerson, husband: Thurman B. Pierce “Vic,” great-granddaughter: Tori Elizabeth-Ann Marie Pierce (twin to Tristen Jones) and step-grandson: Curtis Common. 


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the family requested a private immediate family only burial service at Highland Park Cemetery. Video memorial to follow at a later date. 


Please send monetary memorials to Allen County SPCA and St. Mary’s Mother of God Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.


Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home 1021 E. Lewis St., Fort Wayne, IN 46803

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