Barbara Jean Laettner, 66, of Hixson, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.Mrs. Laettner was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 1945 and had lived in Hixson since 1978. Shortly after, she began her lengthy career in the transportation industry, first with Russ Transport, then with Covenant Transport where she retired in 2006. Barbara enjoyed camping, boating, bowling, card games and socializing with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carmen and Daniel V. Donohue; and brother, Daniel M. Donohue.Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Gerald "Jerry" Laettner; sons, Martin (Terry) Laettner, of Hendersonville, Tenn. and Craig (Linda) Laettner of Soddy-Daisy; grandsons, Timothy and Adam Laettner, Soddy-Daisy and Amber Brown, of Hendersonville; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.Memorial services will be held at St. Thaddaeus Episcopal Church at a time to be announced later.Burial will take place in St. Thaddaeus Memorial Gardens.To share your expression of sympathy, visit her online guestbook at lane-southcrestchapel.com.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Thaddaeus Episcopal Church or Hospice of Chattanooga.Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.