Helen Ann Runge

  • Died: October 31, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Lakeside Park

1140 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Tel. (260) 426-9494

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Helen Ann Runge, 86, died on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Born in Delaware, Ohio, on April 23 (Shakespeare's birthday), Helen was the daughter of Shad and Mary (Ferris) Hartsough. She graduated from Saint Mary's High School in Delaware and went on to work in the offices of Greif Brothers Cooperage with her future sister-in-law, Dorothy (Runge) Amato. In 1953 she married Robert H Runge, and moved to Fort Wayne. There she raised four daughters, devotedly attending all of their horse shows, science fairs and scouting events. Helen then returned to the job market, where she loved interacting with people. In one of her roles, she owned and operated the Indiana Equestrian Association, Inc. She went on to co-manage the Allen County Voter Registration Office as the Democratic Board Member. Helen was also a life-long volunteer who helped out with many charitable causes, and she enjoyed working with the Allen County Democrats, making phone calls, lining up poll workers and getting people rides to their polling places so they could vote. She was a member of Saint Mary Mother of God Church. Surviving are two daughters, SuzAnne (John Brennan) Runge and Kathryn Janeway, and grandson Trevor Finch. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Bob, daughters RoxAnne Runge and Diane Finch, sister Marialyce Amato, brother Joseph Hartsough and her parents, Shad and Mary Hartsough. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Saint Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Entombment will be at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be made to Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen or to the Allen County SPCA.