OBITUARY

Margaret E. "Marge" Melchers

October 27, 1932February 17, 2021

PEKIN ~ Margaret Elizabeth “Marge” Melchers, 88, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Rosegate Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Born October 27, 1932 near Rushville to Roger G. and Eva Pauline (Lawson) Mason, she married Dr. Earl Earnest Melchers on August 23, 1953 in Macomb. He died on January 6, 2001 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Mark Mason Melchers on December 18, 2007 in Chicago Heights.

Surviving are one son, Brian (Laurie) Melchers of Greenwood, Indiana; two granddaughters, Rachel Leigh (Graham Crosh) Melchers of Chicago and Danielle Rae Melchers of Greenwood; one brother, Roderick (Judith) Mason of Colchester and many nieces and nephews.

Marge earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Western Illinois University in 1968. She later earned her Master of Science Degree in Reading in 1981 and became a State Certified Reading Specialist. While at W.I.U. she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Society.

She enjoyed teaching primary school for 32 years, 28 of those years with Pekin Public Schools District 108. She taught in the Chapter I program, teaching reading and math. Prior to teaching in Pekin she taught three years in Delavan and one year in Ault, Colorado, while her husband earned his doctorate in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance. Early in her working career she worked as a secretary for two years. She was a member of the Illinois Education Association and the Education Association of Pekin.

Marge was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as 1st Regent for 2 years and as Flag Chair for 6 years. She was also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority, the Friends of the Pekin Library and public television station, WTVP. She was a longtime member of a pinochle card club, formed in 1972 and made up of special friends. Marge was a former member of the American Association of University Women in Pekin.

Earl, Marge and their family started camping in 1961 with friends, and then later Marge and Earl enjoyed camping with their camping family, Pekin Celestial City Camping Club. She also enjoyed coordinating get-togethers three times a year for the 1800 block of Highwood Avenue in Pekin.

Her family was always a very important part of her life.

She was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she also was a member of United Methodist Women, the Susannah Circle, Friendship Club and the Y.A.M. Adult Sunday School Class.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. Pastor Eric N. Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour before the funeral Friday at the church. The funeral will also be live streamed on the church website at pekingrace.com. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Rushville City Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Park Foundation, 1701 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554. Marge’s pet project was helping beautify Mineral Springs Park with memorial benches and trees. Memorial contributions may also be made to her beloved church, Grace United Methodist Church, 601 North 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

26 February

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Grace United Methodist Church

601 North 4th Street
Pekin, IL 61554

26 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Grace United Methodist Church

601 North 4th Street
Pekin, IL 61554

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Lisa (Hasler) Smith

February 25, 2021

Brian, I am deeply sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was such a lovely lady, and truly someone people could depend on to care and be there for every passion and cause she touched. She will hold you in her heart always, as you will hold in yours. Love and peace to you and your family. Lisa Hasler Smith

Grace UMW

February 24, 2021

Marge will be greatly missed by all. May you feel the presence of the Lord and draw strength and comfort from Him at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

William Murphy

February 22, 2021

I was a second-grade student at Delavan Grade School in 1955-1956. My teacher was a beautiful young woman named Mrs. Melchers. I had an absolute crush on her. She was an excellent teacher and she made quite an impact on me. I will always remember her kindness and support. I am sorry for your loss.

Bill Murphy,
now a retired resident of Morton, IL.

Rachel Winget

February 21, 2021

mrs. melchers wasn't just a teacher to me, she would come visit me from when I was a small little girl all the way into highschool, every summer. I absolutely loved her visits, she would always bring snacks and a book as she knew I loved reading. I always looked forward to her coming just to catch up on life.. I'll never forget in Jr. High when she came my brother broke my sister's ankle while jumping on the trampoline..she was so worried. You will be missed in the hearts of many but never, ever forgotten.

Marj Oesch

February 20, 2021

I am a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority and was a teacher in District #108 with Marge. She was such an upbeat lady!
I always respected that she took charge when there was any issue that needed attention. It was a pleasure knowing her. My sympathy to the family.

Katherine Scanlon

February 19, 2021

Marge Melchers was my favorite teacher in all my years of school.  Having her in third grade was wonderful!!  She would tell each of her students where he or she excelled, and to go for what we did best.  I never thought I had strength in any area and she gave me hope in knowing that I did.  That has stayed with me my entire life.

Some of my Pekin friends and I connected with her again many years later and those were some of the best times!!  She was still SO sweet and encouraged us again to continue to go for our strengths and our dreams.  What an amazing woman she was, not just as a teacher, but also as a close friend.  She was like Sunshine radiating love to all those around her. 

I am sure she affected hundreds of lives and made them all better.  I spoke to her on the phone about 3 weeks ago and we laughed nearly the entire time.  It was always wonderful to talk to her because she made us feel good about ourselves.  We also told her how very special and how beloved she was, and she would be quite modest.  However, I do believe we finally convinced her of that.

She also told me she wanted to adopt all of us who were in her third grade class.  I told her we would love it!!  She still could not believe our class turned 70 last year and I think we had difficulty believing it ourselves.  

Marge will always be missed, she will never be forgotten, and she will be cherished forever. 

Connie Disney

February 19, 2021

Marge taught 4th grade at Jefferson and there were always junior high kids wandering in after school to see her who were former students. She attended her students' basketball games and even to visit a student's new bedroom renovation. She stayed late helping any student who was struggling. She also was mother hen supreme and would stand up for her students who sometimes got into playground trouble. She was convinced they were always innocent. When she moved to Smith to do Chapter Reading she still steered students to me when I taught 4th at Washington. She was so enthusiastic and passionate about her students, church, and her family.

John King

February 19, 2021

I went to high school with both Mark and Brian,Brian I'm sorry for the loss of your mom,cherish all of the memories, prayers to you and your family.

Margaret Heidenreich

February 18, 2021

Marge went to school in my hometown of Macomb, IL. I spent
many nice interesting times with her in Pekin.

Mary Jane Ingram

February 18, 2021

Marge was such a positive person. Her concern for the welfare of so many was amazing. Her influence as an educator was far reaching. May comfort & peace surround her family in the days ahead. Rest In Peace, Marge.

FROM THE FAMILY