Hannah Elizabeth Fernung, 21, died tragically in a senseless car accident Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Fishers.
“On a seemingly ordinary day, a young life ended. There is nothing ordinary anymore. If only momentarily, the world stopped for everyone who knew her. The sun stopped shining ever-so-briefly, and her family is left with a hole in their hearts.”
Hannah Fernung came into this world May 24, 1992, the daughter of Mary Frances (McCormack) and Stephen J. Fernung. She was sister to Jacinta, Kegan, Conlan, Stephen, Brigid and Colleen, all of Elwood. Her grandparents are Pat and Gene McCormack, Tipton, and Marlene and Lester Fernung, Elwood. Hannah was also blessed with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins who feel her loss deeply and will honor her life with loving memories. That tells you her birth notes, but doesn’t paint the full picture of who Hannah was.
“There aren’t enough words to do her life justice, but words are what we have.”
After graduating in 2010 from home schooling, Hannah began studying communications at Ivy Tech State College in Kokomo and working at Chili’s Restaurant in Noblesville, as well as helping care for and mentoring her “brothers and sisters” in the Whitten family in Noblesville. Her work allowed her the opportunity not only to help pay for her education, but make friends among her coworkers. Being nanny to nine children who belong to her “second family,” allowed Hannah to touch young lives that will forever bear her heart print. Her classes at Ivy Tech were bringing her closer to realizing her dream of becoming a journalist with the hope of working for National Geographic as a photo journalist someday.
Her Irish heritage was a big part of who Hannah was. She loved Irish step dancing and dedicated her senior dance to her Irish grandpa ... the beloved patriarch of the McCormack Clan in Tipton. In 2010, Hannah worked diligently to raise funds so she could take a trip to Ireland and put her feet on that green, green grass. The call to travel set in and by summer 2012, she took a trip to Thailand … she knew she was meant to travel and see the world. Her vibrant personality, coupled with her willingness to take risks (“life is too short to color in the lines”) led Hannah down some very interesting roads.