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A 30-year employee of City Utilities, Diana Kay Wotnow was a wife and the mother of two sons, including one who recently married.
The 1986 Northrop High School graduate loved music. She loved reading. She loved searching antique malls for vintage Fisher-Price toys, her family wrote in her obituary. And she loved playing with her dogs, Daisy and Dillon.
Wotnow was a kidney transplant recipient who battled the novel coronavirus for more than six weeks. And then, she lost the fight.
A co-worker, Mary Schmidt, called Wotnow’s death a “terrible loss for Fort Wayne; to her family.”
The obituary said she was survived by her husband of 32 years Michael Wotnow.
Diana Kay Wotnow was one of the first 2,500 Allen County residents to contract COVID-19.
“She was the bravest, strongest, most wonderful person I ever met.” Schmidt said in June. “Diana was a young woman. She was so much fun to be around. I can hear her laugh in my head right now.”
Contributed by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Provided Don Whan
Name: Don Whan
City/Town: Fort Wayne
Died: April 3
Don Whan was devoted to his wife.
He was married 42 years to Debra Whan.
He was easy-going, an “awesome father and grandfather and husband who made friends wherever he went.
“He could strike up a conversation with anybody,” Debra Whan said in April.
That was when she last saw her husband, a sports fan who loved Purdue University. Don Whan, who had diabetes, caught what he and his wife thought was a cold in February.
He continued to struggle and, in March 2020, visited three walk-in clinics.
At the time, he did not have symptoms such as a fever or trouble breathing that are associated with COVID-19.
At a March 25 visit, he received a chest X-ray, was diagnosed with pneumonia and was sent home.
“He just didn’t get any better,” Debra Whan said.
On April 2, Don Whan asked to be taken to the hospital. He was having trouble breathing. Her husband’s heart and kidneys were failing.
On April 3, after receiving a call he was not doing well, Debra Whan rushed to the hospital to be with him.
Five minutes before she could arrive to his hospital floor, after suiting up in a gown, mask and gloves, Don Whan died — two days after their 42nd wedding anniversary.
Debra Whan learned while making funeral arrangements that Don had tested positive for COVID-19.