Sue Ellen Hanes, age 78, of 712 S. Romans Ct. in Bloomington died at 12:40 AM on November 19 at her residence.
Sue was born on February 19, 1945 in Kendallville, Indiana to Louis H. and Gladys (Hillsheim) Fisher. She married Hal Hanes at the First Methodist Church in Kendallville, IN on September 10, 1966.
Survivors include her husband Hal Hanes; two daughters, Julie Kennedy (Jason) of Kennesaw, GA and Amanda Huron (Joshua) of Indianapolis. Also surviving is one brother Charles Fisher (Sara) of Kendallville, IN, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both parents and sisters, Louise Fisher and Jean Moore.
Sue was an accomplished piano teacher in her home, teaching students from kindergarten through high school for many years. During and after her husband’s military career, she made her home at 17 addresses, overseas and in this country. Her beliefs were grounded in a strong Christian faith which she instilled in her daughters at an early age as they attended many churches in their military postings and later locations. As her husband completed a second career in Peoria, IL, she was a strong active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, IL, where she taught Junior High Sunday School for over 20 years, sang in the choir and was a piano accompanist at Saturday evening services.
Sue attended Indiana University from 1963 through 1967 where she majored in Piano Education. Later, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University. She enjoyed travel to many locations and always ensured her daughters reaped the benefits of visiting the many sites of interest where they were living.
Sue was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, taking special interest and pride in the activities of her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday November 27 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard in Bloomington from 2-3 PM, followed immediately with a memorial service at 3:00 PM. Cremation rites have been accorded. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at a later date.
Special acknowledgement is made to the IU Health Hospice staff from whom expert care was provided to treat Sue effectively and to guide the entire family calmly and comfortably until her passing.
The family requests memorials be directed to Riley Children’s Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256.