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

Tribute & Message From The Family

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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to have missed Helens passing as I was out of town for several weeks. I will miss seeing her walking her little dog past my house. She would sometimes stop and come up the driveway to check out my flowers!
I hope God has a special place for her beside Him.
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Posted by Ann Marie Wilson - Ft wayne, IN - Neighbor   November 10, 2019

Ms. Helen will be truly missed. She was a great Community Leader and an example to all. The Community is praying for the family. Blessings to all.

Posted by LENA M. GREEN - FORT WAYNE, IN - Friend   November 07, 2019

To Helen's family, May love surround you, May faith sustain you, May hope encourage you day by day.
Helen was a very precious woman and will definitely be missed in more ways than one. Especially at the Democratic Headquarters. Things just won't be the same at election time without her smiling face and her willing hands and heart to help wherever she can. Our Deepest Sympathy: John and Day Morgan

Posted by John Morgan - Fort Wayne, IN - friend   November 07, 2019

Helen and Bob were the first among the democrats to welcome us to the Democratic organizations in Fort Wayne when we arrived as early retirees. Helen never missed an opportunity to greet us, inquire about us, connect us to others within the organization and make us feel welcome in Democratic events. We are grateful to God for her welcoming hospitality, genuine interest in each person and her gracious presence in any place. Rev. Edward and Rev. Susan Keirn Kester.

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2019

Helen was a great lady, always cheerful and dedicated to her community. I will miss her.

Posted by Donald Doxsee - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   November 07, 2019

Suzanne, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was delightful, always a smile and a laugh.

Posted by Candace Hunt-Jones - Naples, FL   November 06, 2019

I will miss seeing Helen as i looked forward to her visits at our pharmacy. When i first met her i found out she was Suzanne's mom who I worked with at the BMV and we were both surprised. Her smiling face just made my day and she was always so nice. I know she was a great mom and loved her family very much. She touched my heart and I'm sure many others as she was that kind of a person.

Posted by Ellen Anthony - Fort wayne, IN   November 05, 2019

To Helen's entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May she rest in peace with her Lord.

Posted by Kevin Dean - Columbia City, IN   November 05, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I worked with Helen many many years ago at Dinner Bell restaurant where Helen worked the front desk/hostess station. Helen's laugh and smile was contagious. And she had an awesome memory for the people she met along the way. I'm certain the voter registration office is missing her immensely today. Rest in peace, Helen.

Posted by Kimberly Pernell - Fort Wayne, IN   November 05, 2019

We are praying for you SuzAnne We
Enjoyed seeing your mom every Sunday it wont be the same

Posted by Caitlin Fraze - Fort Wayne, IN - friend   November 04, 2019

Helen was a kind and beautiful person, and she always had a great smile. She recently helped us out at the Wayne Township Family Fun Day. Her help was greatly appreciated.

Posted by Shirley Stevenson - Fort Wayne, IN - acquaintance   November 04, 2019

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