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Lana L. Funkhouser, of Zionsville, a compassionate, loving, most caring and thoughtful sister, aunt and friend to many passed away on Jan. 22, 2018. Lana was born on March 7, 1951 to Norma and Dale Funkhouser. She graduated from Zionsville High School and Indiana University with a BS in HR Administration.
Her 40+ years in hospital administration started in 1972 at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, and returned to her native Indiana in 1974, where she began a distinguished career at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis as Director of Associate Relations and Employment. She spent her last two years at St. Vincent as Director of Workforce Transitioning.
Lana's entrepreneurial spirit led her to create her own HR consulting firm, HR Options, in 1996. She provided guidance in all areas of HR support, from sourcing and keeping great candidates, to employee growth and development, to management consultation.
In 2003, Lana returned to hospital-based human resources leadership, serving as a founder of what was then known as Clarian West Medical Center, now IU Health West Hospital. During her tenure as Vice President of Human Resources, the hospital was recognized as one of Indiana's "Best Places to Work" by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was named the first "Psychologically Health Workplace" in Indiana.
Lana served the IU Health system as a member of the statewide Human Resources council and on the planning team for the Learning Development Institute, a development and networking opportunity for leaders across the state. Lana retired from IU Health in 2016.
Lana's passion for the community she lived, her beloved Zionsville, was matched by her involvement. She served for 16 years as President of the Zionsville Plan Commission. Prior to that appointment she was Vice President on the Board of Zoning Appeals. In 2002 she received the Town Crier Award from the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce. This annual award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the town of Zionsville. Lana was the founder of PZAZ (People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville) which is a volunteer group promoting urban forestry & streetscape beautification. She was also a member of the Zionsville Historical Society and the Sullivan-Munce Museum.
Lana was preceded in death by her parents, Norma and Dale Funkhouser and brother, Stephen Dale. She is survived by her sister, Sally Perlstein; brother-in-law Mark Perlstein; and niece and nephew Lindsey and Andrew Perlstein.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville, IN 46077, with Rev. Jim Gentry officiating. Burial will be at Zionsville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the IU Foundation Multiple Myeloma Fund, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072, and/or Lana Funkhouser Tree Fund payable to the Town of Zionsville, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077.
You may post online condolences at www.simplicityfuneralandcremationcare.com.
Published on January 23, 2018
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