Emilie Harnish, 17

Emilie Mae Harnish, 17, of rural Wabash, entered eternal life at 11:09 am, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born May 13, 1998 in Peru, to Chris and Desiree (Robinson) Harnish.

Emilie was a senior at Southwood High School and attended the Wabash Friends Church.  She was an incredible athlete and volleyball was her true passion.  She proudly played volleyball all of her high school career at Southwood, and contributed in helping the team advance to the IHSAA class 2A state finals last year. 

Emilie also played club/travel volleyball for the last five years.  She played two years for Knight Klub at Southwood and she played three years for Munciana.  She was highly driven on the court and her knowledge and love for the game was apparent.  Emilie also played basketball and participated in track for two years, but her desire to play volleyball in college took precedence.  Emilie was awarded the 2015 Wabash County Volleyball Player of the Year.

An outgoing personality and playful nature were just a couple of Emilie’s traits.  She loved her friends and teammates dearly - both at school and within her Munciana family.  Her enthusiasm was contagious and admirable.  She feared no one and never hesitated to stand up for those in need.  Emilie was indeed a brave and beautiful spirit. 

Upon receiving her driver’s license, Emilie chose to be an organ donor.  Many of her organs were donated to help save others and also to help hundreds through research.  To provide the gift of life shows Emilie’s core values and selflessness.  Therefore, it’s no surprise an 18-year-old boy now has Emilie’s heart… 

Emilie’s spirit is carried on by her parents, Chris & Desiree Harnish of Wabash, two sisters, Mollie Harnish of Wabash, and Stacia Harnish of Homosassa, Fla., grandparents, Charlotte Harnish of Wabash, and Jo Ann & Gary Cummins of Elkhart; aunts and uncles, Brandon Robinson of Asheville, N.C., Sheryl Galligan and Shelly Rogers, both of Wabash, Jeff Harnish of Indianapolis,  and Greg (Lori) Harnish of Wabash. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Donald Harnish and Danny Robinson. 

The Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 am Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Wabash Friends Church, 3563 S. State Road 13, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating.  Friends may call noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Wabash Friends Church.  Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.  Casual attire is requested both days - show your support for Emilie.

Preferred memorial is the family of Emilie M. Harnish.

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Posted on 2015 Nov 02