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NORMAL — Joanne G. Hartman, 85, of Normal, died at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at her apartment at Evergreen Place, Normal.

Joanne was born March 13, 1929, in Glasgow, the daughter of Glenn and Florence Yates Graybael, and grew up in Winchester. She graduated from the University of Illinois, where she was a Bronze Tablet Scholar. On Sept. 2, 1951, she married Arlin P. “A.P.” Hartman. He died in February 2014. Her parents and a brother, Ed Graybael, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are a son, Chuck (Lexi) Hartman, St. Joseph; a daughter, Jan (Deana Reed) Hartman, Napa, Calif.; two grandchildren who she adored, Jordan and Courtney Hartman, St Joseph; and several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joanne worked throughout her life in a variety of administrative assistant roles at the University of Illinois Athletic Association, Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign and the Illinois State University College of Business. The work she enjoyed most, however, was that of wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.

Joanne was an avid reader who devoured newspapers, magazines and stacks of books from the library on a weekly basis. Throughout her life, she was interested in the world around her and was conversant on a wide range of both historical and current events. She enjoyed watching sports, especially college basketball and the Chicago Bulls, and anything that her grandchildren happened to be playing.

Joanne excelled at cooking and baking and was especially known for her pies. She was a lifelong correspondent, maintaining relationships with family and friends around the country through calls, cards and the disappearing art of letter writing. We will miss her happy chatter, her enjoyment of a good laugh, the twinkle in her eye and the sweet and steady presence that she was in our lives.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Pankaj Kumar, Nancy Erwin and all those at the OSF Oncology Center who treated Mom’s leukemia and gave us many more months to be with her; the incredibly kind and caring staff at Evergreen Place; and our special friends, Glen and Ginny Schmidt. It truly does take a village and Mom was so grateful for all of you, as are we.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. April 11 at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington. Private burial was Friday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

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