PEKIN - Melba Hangartner, 82, of Pekin, Ill., passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at her home, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Roanoke to Elmer and Marie Sutter Blunier. She married Jerry J. Hangartner on July 5, 1953, in El Paso, Ill. He survives.
Also sur- viving are her four children, Jeff (Teresa) Hangartner of Pekin, Jay (Julie) Hangartner of Celina, Texas, Janese Hangartner of Pekin and Jon (Kim) Hangartner of Peoria; two brothers, Wilmer Blunier of Roanoke and Robert Blunier of Florida; six sisters, Erma Moser, Mardell Bowald and Rachel (Rich) Leman, all of Roanoke, Mary Lou (Hank) Grimm of Morton, Gladys (Dick) Haefli of Peoria and Dorothy (Charles) Leman of Farmington Hills, Mich.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harlow, Edward and Gaylord Blunier; and four sisters, Mildred Hoerr, Ann Sauder, Merna Koch and Phyllis Schacherbauer.
Melba had a serving and compassionate heart. She worked as a teacher's assistant at Schramm School for the handicapped in Pekin. She also volunteered at the Pekin Hospital.
She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed china painting. She had a contagious smile that always made you feel loved. She will be missed by those whose lives she had touched.
She was a member of the Tremont Apostolic Christian Church, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tremont Apostolic Christian Church fellowship hall and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday before services at the church. There will be a 2 p.m. Monday graveside service for burial in the Roanoke Township Cemetery.
Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Schramm Education Center, 300 Cedar St., Pekin, IL 61554.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris. com.