Kathy Luzadder (posthumous) Share

Nov 10, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on native Kathryn Luzad­der was a life­long ser­vant leader with a spe­cial heart for hon­or­ing vet­er­ans. She grad­u­at­ed from Mar­i­on High School in 1969 then attend­ed Sam Nabier Beau­ty School. Her career began with the VA North­ern Indi­ana Health Care Sys­tem in Mar­i­on, then after 13 years she worked as a dieti­cian and food ser­vice direc­tor for Lake­view Chris­t­ian School. After 17 years there, she pur­sued a pas­sion to start a dance stu­dio called, Stars of the Future Dance Com­pa­ny,” and also taught at Play­house Stu­dio of Dance. Luzad­der also began a cater­ing com­pa­ny with her son, Brad. 

Kathy Luzadder

Kathy Luzad­der was devot­ed to serv­ing her home­town in many ways. She devot­ed over 40 years with the Mar­i­on East­er Pageant, led the Koinon­ia Red Hatter’s Group, and even start­ed and pop­u­lar­ized a local Euchre club. As a mem­ber of Sun­ny­crest Bap­tist, she served her church through cater­ing meals and fos­ter­ing fel­low­ship. Her obit­u­ary stat­ed she famous­ly said, If you see any­thing that needs done, do it your­self and don’t ask any­one else to do it.”

Most impor­tant­ly, Luzad­der found­ed and served as Pres­i­dent for the Let My Light Shine non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion to hon­or fall­en vet­er­ans. She was inspired after vis­it­ing the John F. Kennedy Eter­nal Flame at Arling­ton Nation­al Ceme­tery in Vir­ginia, and began to ral­ly friends to start the group and work toward a mon­u­men­tal goal to eter­nal­ly shine light on the graves of all vet­er­ans at the Mar­i­on Nation­al Ceme­tery. They start­ed with 400 lights in 2009, and now shine solar lights on 13,000 graves through spe­cial per­mis­sion from the Nation­al Ceme­tery Admin­is­tra­tion in Indianapolis.

Son, Brad Luzad­der, stat­ed, She nev­er stopped. She was nev­er defeat­ed and always kept going.” Reflect­ing on their coop­er­a­tion with state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sen­a­tors in Wash­ing­ton, he said, It’s pret­ty unique that we are the only place where they allow this. Mom and Dad always said, We do this for the men and women who stood for the flag, and now we’re able to help them stand. They will stand for­ev­er because the flame will nev­er go out.’”

To learn more about Let My Light Shine and how to vol­un­teer or donate toward their mis­sion, vis­it let​my​light​shine​mar​i​on​.org.

Image of lights by Glen Devitt

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