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Emma B. Haberkorn

June 8, 1918 June 9, 2009
Emma B. Haberkorn
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Emma Bertha (Grawey) Haberkorn, 91, of Christian Buehler Memorial Home for the last four years, died peacefully at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the home of Jeanne and Peter Barclay, surrounded by her four daughters. Emma was a gentle woman whose sweet personality endeared her to family and friends. She was born June 8, 1918 in Peoria, daughter of William F. and Bertha Wolkenstein Grawey. She married Paul A. Haberkorn on December 27, 1941 at St. Mark Church in Peoria. They were married for 44 years, when Paul died in 1986. Their family is comforted that Emma and Paul are now reunited in Heaven. Cherishing Emma’s memory are her four daughters and their spouses: Anne and Bill Zeithammer of Punta Gorda, Florida, Lynne and Jerry Lisenby of Peoria, Jeanne and Peter Barclay of Peoria and the Rev. Violet (nee Mary Frances) of Speedway, Indiana. Emma’s infant daughter died in 1954. Emma thoroughly enjoyed her eight grandchildren and their spouses: Michele Lisenby-Aviles of Peoria, Paul and Gina Zeithammer of Morton, Mark and Gina Lisenby of East Lansing, Michigan, Karen Zeithammer-Saal of Port Charlotte, Florida, Megan and Scott Shuster of Frankfort, Illinois, Molly and Michael McKenna of Peoria, Claire Barclay and Emma Barclay both of Peoria. She delighted in her eight great-grandchildren who called her “Great Mama”: Emily Aviles, Grace Zeithammer, Jared Aviles, Derek Saal, Angelle Saal, Andy Zeithammer, Caitlin McKenna, and Sophia Shuster. Emma was the eldest of six children, and surviving are her sister, Martha Groeper of Peoria, her brothers, Walter of East Peoria and Leo of Lacon and her sister-in-law, Agnes of Peoria. Emma was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill and Paul, and in-laws, Madeline, Jeanette, Lorraine and Rollie Groeper. Emma was raised in Peoria, attended St. Mark School, Academy of Our Lady High School and Bradley University, where she met Paul. After college, Emma worked in her family’s business, Peoria Auto Parts. Later, Emma became a Navy wife and during her husband’s active military service, the family moved several times from Peoria to Rhode Island, Florida and Kansas. Resettling in Peoria, Emma and Paul built their family home at 3300 N. Isabell, where they raised their four daughters. Emma enjoyed living there for more than 50 years. Through the years Emma helped her husband run the family business, Haberkorn Ace Hardware, as well as the family Dairy Queen of Sheridan Road. Emma participated in volunteer activities that centered around her children, including years of leading Girl Scout troops and helping at St. Philomena School. She enjoyed being a homemaker and loved to sew and mend. She was famous for the Thanksgiving feasts she hosted for extended family and foreign guests. Emma valued close friendships in her Isabell Avenue neighborhood and at Willow Knolls Country Club. She was a member of St. Philomena’s for more than 50 years and a member of the Reserve Officer’s Association. Emma was kind, patient, humble, generous and rarely complained. She took great joy in her grandchildren and attended their countless swim meets, school programs, music concerts, graduations and church events. They loved to sleep over at Grandma’s/Oma’s house. The family wishes to give special thanks to the Methodist Medical Center Hospice team. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at St. Philomena Church with Rev. David Richardson officiating. Family and friends may visit with Emma’s family from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Home Association of Illinois, 2130 N. Knoxville, Peoria, Illinois 61603 or her church. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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