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Helen M. Hanner

February 5, 1921 November 22, 2014
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Obituary for Helen M. Hanner

Helen M. Hanner, 93, of Oakland, passed away at 1:00 AM on Saturday, November 22 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at the Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland from 6:00-8:00 PM with services following on Wednesday, November 26 at 10:30 AM. Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery. Rev. Walter Miller of the Oakland United Methodist Church will officiate.

Helen was born February 5, 1921 in Casey, IL, the daughter of James H. and Maude (Gross) Davis. On January 15, 1940 she married Howard Hanner of Oakland. They shared 69 years together before his death in 2009.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters: Margaret Wieland, Mae Bayes, Mildred Ingelsbe, and a great-granddaughter, Heather Babbs. Surviving are two sons, Max (Carolyn) and Dale (Mary Anne) of Oakland and a daughter, Shirley (Gene) Pierson of Mattoon. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Jeanette (Brian) Babbs and Jay Hanner, both of Charleston; Darren (Kim) Pierson of Madison, SD; Andrea (Matt) Hallam of Oswego; Emily (Ben) Wittenkeller of Plainfield; and David Hanner (fiancé Sara Miller) of Gurnee. Eleven great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Twenty-one nieces and nephews also survive.

Most of her married life was spent caring for her husband and family at home. For a few years she worked at the Charleston Community Hospital and then at Eastern Illinois University, retiring in 1975. Helen was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church were she was active in the United Methodist Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the State University and EIU Annuitants Associations. She also was active at the Oakland Senior Center for many years. She did not like to be idle and spent many hours gardening and then canning or freezing the produce. She enjoyed fishing with her husband and they spent many summer vacations in WI, MN, and Canada over the years. In her later years, she liked to keep busy painting with oils, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, working with plastic canvas, and crocheting. She will be remembered as a caring, generous lady who loved her family unconditionally and she will greatly missed by her family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Oakland United Methodist Church or the Oakland Senior Center.

The family thanks Cathy Berlin, Helen’s caregiver for the past year, as well as the staff, nurses and care partners of 4E at SBLHC for the compassionate care of their mother and them.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

25

Nov

6:00 PM 11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/25/2014 8:00:00 PM
Krabel Funeral Home & Cremation Service - Oakland

215 E. Main Street
Oakland, IL 61943

Krabel Funeral Home & Cremation Service - Oakland
215 E. Main Street Oakland 61943 IL
United States

Funeral

Wednesday

26

Nov

10:30 AM 11/26/2014 10:30:00 AM
Krabel Funeral Home & Cremation Service - Oakland

215 E. Main Street
Oakland, IL 61943

Krabel Funeral Home & Cremation Service - Oakland
215 E. Main Street Oakland 61943 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, IL Final Resting Place

N Cemetery Road
Oakland, IL 61943

N Cemetery Road Oakland 61943 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Oakland United Methodist Church

13 East Washington Street
Oakland, IL 61943

Oakland Senior Center

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