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Louann Hanna Starkey, 89, Angola, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Kingston at Dupont Memory Care Facility in Fort Wayne.
Louann was born Oct. 13, 1928, in White County. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Martha (Armstrong) Hanna. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Ralph (Annabel) and Charles (Helen) Hanna.
On Sept. 24, 1950, she married Joe Alvin Starkey of Carroll County. They were married for 49 years before Joe's passing in July 1999.
Surviving are Joe and Louann's children, Michael (Madonna Kremer) Starkey, Brenda (Alice Tillett) Starkey, and Katrina (Randy) Thiebaut. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. There are six great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren surviving.
Louann and Walt Downham were joined together in a religious ceremony at Faith Lutheran Church in 2005. Walt Downham survives along with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Louann grew up on a farm and her mother was a school teacher. As a child, Louann loved being outdoors and loved horses She was an involved member of the community of Washington Township, Carroll County, after her marriage to Joe Starkey. She loved farming, cooking, travelling, fishing, gardening, baking, singing, playing piano, dancing with Joe, mushroom hunting, bird watching and sewing. She was a member of church choir, sorority, home economics club, band boosters, the women's club at church and was also a Sunday school teacher. Louann was a member of Hickory Grove Church, Faith Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church. She worked at a law firm as a secretary for many years having graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne. She was a kind friend to many and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved life, had a wonderful sense of humor and laughed often. She lost much of her memory from Alzheimer's disease but always remembered that she felt blessed and loved. She was able to express love all her life.
A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Faith Lutheran Church, Logansport.
Visitation with family will be one hour before the service Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.
You may sign Louann's guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com
Gundrum Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published on October 30, 2017
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