JOAN M. ALTEKRUSE, 78, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Born Aug. 19, 1931, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late John and Esther Keintz. She retired as a teller from N&W Credit Union in the early 1990's. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and German Heritage Society. Surviving are her daughter, Susan (Kim) Spielman of Fort Wayne; sons, Steven Altekruse of Fort Wayne and John (Karen) Altekruse of Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren, Matthew and Nathan Spielman, Tobe Buffenbarger and Annika and Ian Altekruse; sisters, Beverly Shaw and Sharon Harvey, both of Fort Wayne; and aunt Marylan Roemer of Fort Wayne. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Budd, in 1971; and stepfather, Rev. Norman Rieck. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.