Starnz, Johanna

Talented Pianist And Enthusiastic Scrabble Player

  • Monday, November 28, 2022
Johanna Starnz
Johanna Starnz

Johanna Starnz, 98, of Chattanooga, departed this life on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

She was born October 15, 1924, in Pulaski County, Ky. Johanna was a member of First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, and was a church pianist. She attended Liberty High School, Casey County, Kentucky and graduated from Somerset High School, Somerset, Kentucky, and Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, with studies at Columbia University, New York City. Johanna was retired from Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant in Chattanooga.

Johanna enjoyed music, reading, cooking, and traveling. She was a talented pianist and was an enthusiastic scrabble player. Johanna had a genuine interest in helping others and in the pursuit of knowledge.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Millie Ashley Lewis; stepfather, Carl E. Lewis and father, C. W. Starnz.

Her maternal grandparents, Solomon and Sarah Ashley of Casey County, Ky., were loving parents to 12 children. Johanna, one of their 46 grandchildren, developed life-long relationships with several of those cousins.

We honor her memory with love and respect. The family wishes to express our deepest appreciation for Susan Felker for her assistance, love, and compassionate care given to Johanna. The family also would like to thank the staff at American Home Care and Hearth Hospice for their love and care given to Johanna.

She is survived by several cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Services for Johanna will follow at 12 p.m. on Saturday, at the North Chapel with her cousin Reverend Grady Ashley officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.

Johanna Starnz
Johanna Starnz
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