November 24, 1948 - June 28, 2021
Georgia Marie Dahnke, 72, of Bean Station, Tennessee passed away on June 28, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Middletown, Ohio on November 24, 1948, and was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School in 1966. After graduating from Capital University in 1970 with a degree in Music Education, she went on to teach for more than 20 years at several elementary schools in Groveport and Bexley. She was deeply involved in Messiah Lutheran Church in Reynoldsburg through her passion for music. She was first a member of the choir, later becoming its director and was also a part of the bell choir. After retiring and moving to Bean Station, TN, she played bells at First United Methodist Church in Morristown. Georgia loved the piano, she could play many songs by heart and used her talent to entertain friends and family. When her daughter, Erin, was little, Georgia would play Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” steadily increasing the tempo each refrain while Erin spun around the room. Eventually, the song would come to an end when she’d fumble a key or Erin would fall down dizzy with laughter. She also gave her husband the special gift of transposing one of his favorite songs, “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos, into a piano ballad and surprising him with a live performance. She loved to play games with friends and family, especially when she was the winner. Her competitive spirit was undeniable as she played tennis throughout her life until her knees refused to carry her across the court. Though you might not guess it, Georgia water and snow skied, snorkeled, and body boarded any chance she could get. During college, she decided to study abroad in Italy and funded the trip on her own. This lead to a lifelong interest in travel to places including England, Andros Islands, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, as well as many scenic locations in the United States. Arts and crafts were also special skills Georgia honed over the years. She was an artisan with cloth and thread, creating fantastic quilts for friends and family, and looked forward to passing those skills to her granddaughter. She also enjoyed making scrap books and calendars of special events as gifts, which were anticipated every year by friends lucky enough to receive one. More than all those things though, she was one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet. Often putting others before herself, she was always happy to help with anything even if she had to scour the internet for a tutorial first. She will be missed by many including countless students at the local elementary school, fellow church members, neighbors, friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by Parents Patrick W. Conway and Vivian A. Conway. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Dahnke of Bean Station, TN; children, Douglas (Jennifer) Dahnke of Williamsburg, VA; Erin Dahnke of Columbus, OH; sisters and brother, Cathy (Dale) Vandewalker of Bean Station, TN., Patricia (Carl) Ross of Titusville, FL; Michael (Holly) Conway of Walcottville, IN; grandchildren Ayla, Colin and Holden Dahnke of Williamsburg, VA. Sister in law, Carole (James) Kruckeberg of Shelley, ID; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial is scheduled for 2:00 pm July 15, 2021 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 S. Waggoner Rd, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Karl Hanf will officiate a ceremony where all are welcome to attend and celebrate Georgia’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital at www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving. A celebration of life will take place on July 22, 2021 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 101 E 1st N St, Morristown, TN 37814. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to www.fumcmorristown.org/online-giving/. Condolences can be sent to www.alderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Georgia-Dahnke/. The family would like to thank Messiah Lutheran and First United Methodist Churches for their support in memorializing and celebrating Georgia’s life.
Georgia Marie Dahnke, 72, of Bean Station, Tennessee passed away on June 28, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Middletown, Ohio on November 24, 1948, and was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School in 1966. After graduating... View Obituary & Service Information
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