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Lari Allene (Fowler) Hummer
September 8, 1945 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Born to life on September 08, 1945 - Born to Eternal Life on January 5, 2024
Lari Allene Fowler Hummer, age 78, died on January 5th after a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She faced the challenges of this rare disease with courage, humor, and an unwavering faith. In the face of her own health struggles, she became an active member of the PSP support group, offering comfort, understanding, and insights to others who are living with PSP.
Born on September 8, 1945 in Los Angeles to Gerald and Viva (Roberts) Fowler, Lari lived in L.A. until third grade when her father was transferred to Columbus, Ohio. She attended Holy Spirit Catholic School and Saint Mary of the Springs Academy and College. In 1967 she married the love of her life, Ted Hummer and together they had five children and enjoyed 56 years of marriage. Lari was an at-home mother for 16 years, tutored countless neighborhood children, and was an advocate and volunteer for La Leche League. She earned her Masters Degree from The Ohio State University in Children’s Literature with training in Reading Recovery.
Lari was an educator for over 30 years in the Diocese of Columbus (St. Agatha and Immaculate Conception) and at Columbus City Schools (Hubbard and Lincoln Park Elementary Schools). Later she worked as a parent partner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She began hosting international travelers beginning with a foreign exchange student in the 1990s and later at the Bed and Breakfast that she operated for 10 years. A lifelong volunteer, Lari participated in and was a team leader for Marriage-Encounter. She was a Eucharistic Minister at Immaculate Conception Church, additionally taking communion to the Homebound. Before becoming ill, Lari served as a traumatic brain injury support group leader and as a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) family-to-family facilitator. Her empathetic nature and willingness to share her own experiences created a safe space for others to find solace and understanding. In addition to her advocacy work, Lari was involved with AlAnon, volunteered for special events at the Ohio Village and was a volunteer archivist at the Ohio History Connection. In retirement she loved to read and was passionate about genealogy.
Preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Viva Fowler, her brother, Peter Fowler; sister-in-law and brother in-law Rosi and Charlie Davis; her son-in-law, Rex Bertram and her grandson, Noah Hummer. Lari is survived by her husband Ted, her sister Linda Fowler, her children: Matt (Tara) Hummer, Nancy (Steve) Heink, Julie Bertram, Annie DePerro and Michael Hummer; her eight grandchildren: Dylan, Zoe and Jude Hummer, Sarah, Mary and Clare Heink and Gigi and Ryan DePerro. Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters-in-law, Mayellen Fowler, Clare (Jim) Bauer, Anne Hummer and Martie (Mike) Lynch; brothers-in-law, Rev. Lawrence Hummer, Bill (Linda) Hummer, and Mark (Jeanine) Hummer and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Ohio Health, The Key, and Visiting Angels.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 4-7 p.m. at Egan/Ryan Funeral Home, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220 with a Prayer Service at 6:45 p.m. Reverend Lawrence Hummer will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Luncheon immediately following the Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Marian Hall. Private burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent via www.egan-ryan.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Lari to NAMI of Franklin County, Immaculate Conception Church or Bishop Watterson High School.