She was born Nov. 10, 1929, in LaPorte to George and Dorothy (Kistler) Spencer.
Barbara was especially proud of being a farmer and was an advocate for preserving farmland. She attended Purdue University, attained a master’s degree in elementary education and taught at Westville for nearly 20 years. While teaching elementary, she also coached high school girls basketball. She loved watching sports, gardening, baking, painting, and staying connected to her family. She volunteered on the board for the Westville Public Library and was an avid reader. Her talent for baking (especially apple slices) was well known in the community. She also frequently hand-painted greeting cards and wrote personal notes to family and friends. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Otis, IN. Barbara was a well loved and respected wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She was a dedicated member of the community and contributed as an educator, mentor, coach, advocate, confidant, and role model.
On Jan. 2, 1950, at St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte, she married Bernard J. “Barney” Hannon, who preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2006.
Her parents also preceded her in death.
She leaves behind four daughters, Christine Hannon, Lou Ann Robinson, Joyce (Dr. Tim) Kistler and Janet (Harold) Qualkinbush, all of Indianapolis; two sons, Mark Hannon and Shawn (Julie) Hannon, both of LaPorte; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Carol (Erik) Riise of Hobart, IN, and Nancy Bohlin of LaPorte; two brothers, Bob (Pauline) Spencer of LaPorte and Bill (Sharen) Spencer of Lowell, IN; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Otis, with Rev. Jerry Schweitzer officiating. Visitation will be at Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, on Thursday, June 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 101 N. Church St., Otis, IN 46391; or Pinhook Methodist Church, c/o Phyllis Marks, 7353 W. Ind. 2, LaPorte, IN 46350.
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