Susan E. Warnke

Susan E. (Turk) Warnke, 69, of Koontz Lake, Indiana, beloved and loving wife, mother, sister, and hero, moved on to heaven on December 7th, 2022, after a brief illness. 


Sue was born to the late Robert and Eleanor Turk on June 26th, 1953, graduated from LaPorte High School in 1971, and attended Indiana University. Sue married Paul Warnke in 1971, in Augsburg, Germany, and they made their lives and raised their sons in Germany, LaPorte, New Salisbury, and Koontz Lake, Indiana.


She is survived by Paul and their four sons: Adam (Rachael) of Carmel, Indiana; Robert (Maha) of Hurstbourne, Kentucky; Aaron (Linda) of Singapore; and Andrew of Koontz Lake, and two granddaughters, Anna and Grace. She is also survived by five siblings: Richard, Charles, James, Peter, and Nancy. 


She led by example and was humbly proud of always working harder than was required. She liked to garden, cook, fish, plan parties, listen to music, watch her favorite shows, and always found a reason for an adventure - hopefully in or on the water. But more than anything, Sue taught people to selflessly love unconditionally, cherish family and friends, never meet a stranger, or leave a kind word unsaid, always find a reason for a party, and always fight for one more day to do it all again.


She was her family’s heart, conscience, and inspiration. Sue was perhaps the strongest and most loving woman we will ever know, and an abundant mother to many who opened her heart and home to all. Sue’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, and her eyes absolutely lit up with pride whenever she was with or talking about her boys and viewed them as her greatest accomplishment. 


Pursuant to Susan’s wishes, there will be no ceremony at this time. There will be a raucous celebration of her life in the summer during weather more consistent with her disposition and personality, and because celebrating her life with the sun reflecting off the water and the wind in your hair is the only way it should be done. 


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