Kristina D. Fugate Linden – On March 25th, 2022, Kristina D. Fugate (age 42) unexpectedly left this earth to be with God in Heaven. We all have a deep feeling of loss and heartache knowing that she is not physically with us anymore, but we are also very honored to have gained so many memories of her that we will be able to cherish forever. She was born in Lafayette, on September 30, 1979, the daughter of David E. and Nelita A. (Haley) Weaver.
Kris graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1998. During her high school years, she participated in basketball, track, cross country, and swimming. She holds the record for the 1600 M Relay in track with three of her former classmates in 1996 at CC. This is when her passion for running and basketball started.
After graduation, she attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 2007. She worked as a Special Education teacher at Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, IN for 15 years. Kris had a passion for teaching and helping others, and she made a positive impact in everyone’s lives that she touched.
She married Byron Fugate in 2008, and they have three wonderful children Liam (12), Caleb (10), and Mia (5). Kris was a loving wife and devoted mother. Kris shared a love with her husband Byron that was truly a match sent by God. Not only did they love each other with all their heart but the friendship they shared could be seen by all. Byron has always said that he is a better person, husband, and father because of her. But then Kris would say that she was a better person, wife, and mother because of him.
The love they shared was unbreakable and could withstand any hard times. She was the type of mom that was always prepared for whatever activities were going on that day. She loved her kids fiercely and devoted her life to them to teach them how to love others, love themselves, and love God. Kris’s kids and husband meant the world to her. Kris always put her family and loved ones first. Her kids loved her so much. When her kids talk about their mother you can just see the love on their faces for her and the joy that she brought them. Kris’s children were her world and Kris meant the world to her children.
Kris had a passion for the outdoors and spending time with her family. She loved to go hiking and take camping trips with her family. She loved reading and spending her summers on Lake Freeman with her family. She loved teaching her kids how to swim and tube on the water. She loved to spend time with all her nieces and nephews which meant the world to her also. She was a hard worker and showed her kids to work hard for what they wanted and to always help others.
She has parents that loved her unconditionally and through them, she was able to show her unconditional love to her three siblings growing up which led to unconditional love for all of her family. She was an amazing sister, a wonderful sister-in-law, and a dedicated daughter. You could always rely on Kris if you needed anything, whether that be advice, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, help with homework, a side dish at the last minute, or even help with physically hard projects like building a dock.
She was a dedicated Boilermaker fan who loved watching and cheering on the Purdue Men’s Basketball team. Her favorite thing to wear was a Purdue shirt of any type. This was a passion that her husband and she had together and they held season tickets to the basketball games. Kris was the type of person that you wanted to be around and brought so much joy to others. She always made others feel comfortable. She was a selfless, caring, and passionate person who could always bring a smile to your face.
She loved life and she loved her family. She brought joy and happiness into this world. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We believe Kris truly gained her angel wings. The world was a better place because she was in it. In honor of Kris’s love for Purdue Basketball, we ask that you come dressed for game day for her visitation.
Surviving is her husband, Byron W. Fugate, a daughter, Mia Rose Fugate; two sons, Liam and Caleb Fugate, all at home; her parents, David E. and Nelita A. Weaver of Monticello; two brothers, Patrick Weaver (Nicole) of Lafayette and Matthew Weaver (Kayce) of Monticello; a sister, Becky Long (Kyle) of Lafayette, and her in-laws, Bill and Sue Fugate of Linden along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
The Rosary will be recited at 4:45 PM Monday, April 4 at St. Mary Cathedral in Lafayette, followed by visitation until 8 PM Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 AM, Fr. Dennis O’Keefe officiating, with the interment service at 1:00 PM Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Monticello, IN. Memorials may be made to the Kris Fugate Family c/o Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Linden, IN. Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home of Lafayette is honored to serve the Fugate family.