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Sad news: Marni Harang

March 10, 2017 7:01 AM | Jill Hawkins
I received the following sad news regarding Marni:

"To her many biking friends, some of whom she met on Women Tours rides, it is with great sorrow that I have to let you know that she passed away today, March 9th, 2017 from the results of a traumatic brain injury. Marni was severely injured in an accident on a Woman Tour ride in Moab, Utah in October of 2015. For the last 16 months she has fought to regain some of her former mental and physical abilities. Today she expended the last bit of her energy in that fight and has passed on. 

Over the last 12 years, biking was one of her major passions in life. She rode whenever she got the chance and she cherished the friendships that she made on the road. I want to thank all of you who shared her road bike passion and who befriended her for your continuing support during her long battle with TBI. Many of you sent her cards and letters that I read to her. She enjoyed them all and they helped to keep her spirits up. 

Over the last year, she especially treasured the quilt made from colorful biking jerseys that many of you helped to make. I will try to send individual letters to those of you who I have addresses for when things have settled down. If you would like, please make a remembrance donation in her name to either the American Cancer Society (she was a survivor), or to Planned Parenthood for their support of women's health. 

Again, my thanks to all of you for being in Marni's life. Phil Harang (husband of Marni)"


  • March 10, 2017 9:39 AM | Bryce Wolf
    I am so sorry to learn this. I had only a fleeting introduction to Marni, but she was my first lace teacher. Her generous instruction encouraged me to continue. I will forever be grateful. She will be missed.
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  • March 14, 2017 10:23 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)
    Marni had a great impact on the lace making community. She taught at Minuteman High School in Lexington in the evenings. She taught people in North Dakota. The Sunday Lace Group owes its origins to Marni when she opened her home to lace meetings to celebrate the new millennium. While her teaching style was very casual to some, I for one got a lot out of it including not to be intimidated by the lace since I was ultimately in control. While we will miss her very much, she is still with us.
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  • March 17, 2017 10:47 AM | Marjorie Dashef
    I have been in touch with Phil. I have the Texas address. Let me know if you need it.
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