Raphael and Martha Harpenau, Tell City, Indiana a great grandmother, Florence Hubert, Ferdinand, Indiana aunts and uncles, Sheila Travis and her husband, Ned, Donna Irey and her husband, Carroll, Steve Parker and his wife, Loretta, Jenny Parker and her husband Ronnie Pannett, Annette Conen, Barbara Steen and her husband, Brian, Karen Kessens and her husband Norman, Donna Linnette and her husband Wayne, Cyril Harpenau and his wife, Tonya, and Jerry Harpenau and his wife, Cheri. Taryn has several cousins Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday, August 29, 2005, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City, Rev. Barnabas Gillespie OSB officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 8:00 PM on Sunday and from 8:00 until 9:30 AM on Monday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, where there will be a prayer service at 7:45 PM Sunday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Taryn M. Harpenau Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. I am the daughter of Don Lawson, )Patricia’s friend from grade and high school). I first heard about Taryn’s story when I lived in Bicknell,Indiana and found out that the local restaurant owners son died and was a heart donor. When my family and I started talking we soon figured out this was the same heart your daughter received. What a small world. My mom and dad kept me up to date on what had been going on with her and told me a few weeks ago after the class reunion that she was having problems. I hated to her that. When I got the call Thursday that she had died I couldn’t believe it. I just want you to know that even though I don’t know your family and didn’t know Taryn she and you all have touched my life in a special way. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time.

  2. We are all in a state of shock here at Riley. She was not only our favorite patient but also one of our very best friends. We would all look forward to seeing her and she always made us smile and laugh. You will never know how much she has touched our lives and we will miss her tremendously. We send our deepest sympathy to her family. Love Jenny, Jennifer and Nancy (echo techs)

  3. Dear Patricia and Dale,
    I was so shocked to hear about Taryn. I am so deeply sorry for you and your family. Taryn was by far one of my favorite patients. I only got to know her a few short years but grew to love everything about her. She was a poster child for transplant patients. She never let that be a crutch and continued to live life to the fullest. I will miss her sweet smile and her bubbly personality. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to call. If all you need is someone to talk to I will always be available. They say everything happens for a reason. I hope someday we can figure out what god’s reason was for taking Taryn. But she is definately in a beautiful place. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan

  4. Taryn could have never asked for a better brother than Travis provided her. I know in such a difficult time it may be hard to keep sight of that but Travis, you were her rock.

  5. Dale and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. May God bless you all during this very difficult time.

  6. Dear Pat, Dale and Travis,
    Im so sorry to hear about Taryn. It is really heartbreaking to have such a wonderful person pass. Im sorry I wont be able to attend and see you all, as I have problems dealing with loss since Dads passing. I hope you understand. My heart is with you today and it is hugging all three of you.
    I can remember a family event at a shelter house at Burdette Park in Evansville when Taryn was about 7 or 8 or so. I couldnt get over how nice and polite both Taryn and Travis were. I also remeber what beautifull eyes Taryn had. Oh and you too Travis. 😉 When I told my girlfriend what had happened, all I could think about were Taryns’ eyes. Although I didnt get to know her, as we have all drifted apart, I looked at her photo and saw our family in her face. It was both heartwarming and absolutely heartbreaking. I feel saddened that this wonderfull young woman, who obviously lived her life as many of us wish we could, was taken from us. Im sure she has, and would have, made a difference in many, many peoples lives. My heart and love is with you.

    God Bless………Shawn

  7. Dear Mr.& Mrs. Harpenau and Travis. I was a classmate with Travis actually at TCJH and TCHS. Let me say that you are parents of 2 amazing children. Travis is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was nice during a time when most young people are not so polite to everyone. I did not know Taryn personally except for being the sister of Travis and a couple of years behind me in school. She is a true testament of what inner strength can do. I know that no one has the right words to say to you right now but I have found God’s words to be of comfort in times of need. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Heaven is eternal life and we can only hope that others will make and exceed the goals of their lives here on earth using Taryn as an example. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and the entire family.

    Amber Sturgeon

  8. Dear Taryn’s Mom & Dad I liked Taryn because she is a really nice gymnastics teacher I will miss her very much. Tabby Russell (Age 7)

    Dear Taryn’s Mom & Dad i will miss and love taryn very much but she was the greadest techer ever. i had the best times with tarny. i will miss very much. Paige RUSSELL (Age 9)

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you what a tragic loss for your family & Brandon. Taryn was a loving sweet girl who was always very patient & kind with the girls. We will miss her very much. You should be very proud of the job you did raising such a wonderful daughter. May God wrap his loving arms around your family in this time of need. Jr & Shirley Russell (parents of Paige & Tabby)

  9. Dear Pat and Dale,
    I wanted to talk to you more at the funeral home but it was so good to see that Taryn had so many friends. Carla was so sorry that she couldn’t attend because of her migrains. I know you gave me your E-mail address and I new I should of written it down but by the time I got back home I couldn’t remember it.
    Here’s Carla’s(C116shrt@aol.com) and mine (IUHEART116@aol.com). Hope we can still stay in touch.
    Again, Taryn has been a good portion in my life and many others. It’s always good to see fellow transplants leading the way for others. You and Dale have a lot to be proud of in what she has done and accomplished her her life time. I know she has touched mine.
    Love and Happyness be with you and your family.
    Bert Tisserand

  10. Travis,Pat,Dale,

    Sorry that I couldn’t make it, I wanted to but was unable to come, I am very sorry for your loss. Travis if you need or want to talk to someone give me a call my cell number is the same, 719-3942.

  11. Pat, Dale & Travis,
    I came to the funeral home Monday morning but didn’t get to speak to you. I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Taryn is such a beautiful girl and obviously touched a lot of people’s lives. Taryn and you are in my prayers. God Bless.

  12. Pat, Dale, & Travis,

    How sorry I am about Taryn. I can’t even imagine what you all are going through. I remember how very close you all were as a family. From reading about Taryn I know that God used her in a mighty way! I pray that you will look to Him for his loving support and strength in the coming days, weeks, etc.

    Know that I am and will continue to pray for all of you.

    Most Sincere,

  13. We met Taryn when we started gymnastics at Malones with both of my daughters, Jillian and Olivia. I did not know Taryn well, but you didn’t have to in order to see what a kind and beautiful person she was. My daughter, Jillian, is very happy-go-lucky and Taryn was always cracking up at her antics, and of course, never once getting mad for not staying with the rest of the group. She was a great teacher and loved by all of her students. She will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with you. Jillian loved her (in her own words), “so, so much!!!” God Bless.

    Tracie Sanders

  14. Dale, Pat, & Travis,
    I cannot begin to express how sorry I am on the passing of Taryn. I never really got the chance to get to know her but I can tell she was a very beautiful, talented and special person. She touched a lot of lives.
    I cannot imagine the grief you are experiencing now, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to all the special memories you have of her.

  15. Pat –
    I was sorry to hear of your loss, Taryn is a beautiful girl and I know she will be missed by everyone she touched. May the Lord be with you and your family. Much love, Shawn & Amy Werne

  16. My thoughts and prayers for your family.

    She was such a beutiful girl, with so much love, she would light up a room, just by walking in.

    We love her and miss her.

  17. Amanda and I are very sorry that we could not attend the visitation and the funeral. We were just getting back into town from our honeymoon. We send our warmest condolences to all of you. I will never forget spending time at grandma’s when we got a day off because of snow. 🙂 She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Love to you all.

    Brandon and Amanda Parker

  18. To Taryns Family:
    I used to live in Lafayette and I worked with Taryn at Wet Seal for quite a while. I just learned of her death when I came back to IN to visit. I was extremely shocked and I wanted to let you guys know that I send my condolences. Taryn was such a great person and so much FUN to be around. I will hold her in my heart and I am terribly sorry.

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