Hilda Wren McFarland (Warren) Jahnz

Hilda Wren McFarland (Warren) Jahnz, formerly of Laporte, IN, passed away July 11, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.  She was born to Marvin and Hazel (McFayden) McFarland on October 20, 1921 in Raeford, NC where she grew up on a tobacco farm in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Working as a USO during World War II, she met Lt. Ralph Jahnz. They relocated to Indiana and were married on November 13, 1945. They had 4 beautiful children, Rodney (Patricia Taylor) Jahnz of Tucson, AZ, Pamela (Andrew) Ruminski of Laporte, IN, Rick (Julie) Jahnz of Dewey, AZ, and David (Christine) Jahnz of San Diego, CA. 

Hilda was a homemaker and a wonderful mother. She and the family enjoyed many activities together including travel, bowling, golf, playing bridge, singing and dancing. She was a very talented artist and seamstress. She was a member of Land of Lakes Art Alliance, Choraliers, Lady Elks Golfers, Amateur Music Club, Redhats and a former member of the First Baptist church. Ralph passed away March 5, 1978 and she married Ken Warren on January 29, 1983.  They enjoyed companionship and family until he passed away on April 5, 1995. In her adventurous single days she enjoyed desert camping, off-roading, fire camp dancing, canyon hikes and caves.

Hilda stayed in La Porte with her daughter and grandchildren until 2011 when she moved to Tucson to get out of the harsh Indiana winters. She enjoyed internet Scrabble, Facebook and FaceTime to keep in touch with family and friends.  She lived an amazing life and was able to celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends last October.

Surviving are all four of her children; a sister, Betty Lou (Alan) Atwell of Greensboro, NC; five grandchildren, Angela (Scott) Sontag of Libertyville, IL, Jennifer Ruminski of San Diego, CA, Teresa (Shawn Miller) Ruminski of Heber City, UT, Stephen Ruminski of Chicago, IL, and Amanda (John Erdman) Taylor of Tucson, AZ; four great-grandchildren, Emily and Braden Sontag (Angela), Albion Do (Jennifer), and Garrett Erdman (Amanda); along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. 


She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands; stepmother, Mary Evelyn (Kirk) McFarland, and sister, Hazel McFarland Tracey.


Memorial contributions may be made to Land of Lakes Art Alliance, C/O Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at Patton cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte.


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