Luella Elizabeth Warthan, born February 5th, 1922, passed away on March 11th, 2019 in Tennyson, Indiana. She was 97 years old.
Mrs. Warthan was born in Boonville to Edgar and Elsie (Reinhart) Hachmeister. She grew up on a multi-generational farm in Degonia Springs in rural Warrick County with her brother Paul (married to Joyce) and sister Virginia (married to Gerald Harris). She had two other brothers who died at a young age: Eugene and Charles-Ray.
Luella graduated in 1940 from Tennyson High School and worked in Embassy Men’s Factory. She later married Elvin E. Warthan in 1943 and moved to New York City during Elvin’s time in service during WWII. During this time she worked at London Terrace Food Market.
Elvin and Luella returned to Boonville after the war to raise a family and work at the farm. She later worked for the Warrick County School Corporation in the cafeteria and as a School bus driver. She retired in 1987 to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Luella was a strong person of faith and was an active member of Bakers Chapel United Methodist Church in Degonia Springs where she played piano for services for years. She had also attended Centenary General Baptist Church, where she also played piano for service. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and listening to music and was a member of the Sunshine Home Ec Club.
Elvin passed away in 1970. He and Luella were blessed to have two children to their union: Linda Arlene and Mark Allen. Linda died in 1973. Luella had three grandchildren from Linda who is also all with the Lord: Terry, Chad, and Jeffrey.
Luella left a strong and lasting legacy of love and faith in the Lord. She is survived by son Mark Allen and daughter in law Cindy Warthan and Grandsons Bradley Lloyd (fiancee Whitney R. Souders) and Ryan Mark Warthan and wife Angie Warthan and Great Grandson Bradyn Elvin Warthan. She is also survived by her sister Virginia M. Harris and brother in Law Gerald Harris, and nieces and nephews–Cheryl, David, Gary, Julie, Karen, and Kathy.
Luella experienced great tragedy in her life with the loss of many of her family at middle age but she clung to her faith the Lord and was later blessed with a very loving daughter in law that she considered a daughter, two grandchildren and was able to live to see her great-grandchild through to the 4th grade.
For the past six years, Luella had been staying at Transcendent North Convalescent Center and later Woodmont Health Campus. Her family would like to thank the staff at both facilities for the love and care they provided her.
Services will be 10 A.M. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville, Indiana with Pastor Karen Sureck and Pastor Randy Moore officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville, Indiana.
Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the funeral home and from 9 A.M. until the time of service on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baker Chapel United Methodist Church in Boonville, Indiana.
2nd Timothy: 1-5
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
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