Dena Marie (Hann) Machlan, aged 66, passed peacefully on Sunday, October 31, 2021. She was born to the late Russell and Beatrice Hann on July 31, 1955 in Greenfield, Ohio. Dena graduated from Peru High School in 1973.
Dena loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children; Matthew Warner (and Tiffany Dickey) of South Bend; Sabrina Manriquez (and LeRoy Miller) of Peru; Bridget (and Jon) McCormick of Brookston; and Adam (and Jasmyne) Warner of Peru. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren; Randy, Sarah, Andrea, Mary, Harlem, Isaac, Daniel, Natalee, Hannah, Alex, Madison, Maddox, Elisa, Rylee, Gracie, Payeton, Ashlynne, Brook, Layla and Liam; and great-grandchildren; A’hden, Kaitlinne, Ruben, Mariah, Malaya, and Jordan, and another on the way. She is also survived by a sister, Donna Cree. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Patrick Hann, and a sister, Connie Boldry.
Dena was an amazing crafter. From jewelry, wreaths, cards, you name it, she loved making things with her hands. Most of all, she loved sharing her crafts with those around her. It wasn’t uncommon to see bracelets, wreaths, or other items in the hands of anyone who visited her.
Dena also loved cooking and baking, and her loved ones were no strangers to sweet treats around the holidays. In her younger years, many had beautiful cakes for their special events crafted by Dena as well.
Upon her passing, her children came across a page in her room at Trail Point village that Dena has shared parts of her own life story on. She said that some of the most important people to her were her kids, grandkids, friends, and her Trailpoint Village Family. Dena said that her best days ever were the days her kids were born; and that she was most proud of her kids and grandkids. She shared that her best advice was “live life to the fullest, keep smiling, and stay positive.” These are words that she lived by every day.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru, IN. A service will be held Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 with a burial to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Flowers-Leedy to help with the cost of expenses.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.