Darlene Martin

Darlene Martin

CHAMPAIGN – Darlene Martin, 90, of Champaign died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2017) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church, 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign. The Rev. Jeff Caithamer will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. There will also be a visitation one hour before the funeral on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Darlene was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Buckley, a daughter of Otto Henry and Anna Wilhelmina (Abraham) Brackmann. She married Charles H. Martin on Aug. 24, 1947, in Buckley. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter Susan (Earl) Bialeschki, son Charles (Phyllis) Martin and son Daniel (Beth) Martin, all of Champaign; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by brothers Rogers (Diane) Brackmann of Wheaton and Derald (Charlotte) Brackmann of Pasadena, Calif., along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers William and Gerald Brackmann and her beloved daughter Dianne Elizabeth Pierce.

After graduating from Buckley High School in 1944, she went to work as a secretary at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. It is there she met the love of her life, Chuck, in 1947. After only three months of courtship, the two were married in Buckley and were married for more than 60 years until Chuck's death on Dec. 10, 2007.

Darlene was a homemaker for 30 years until she decided to get her real estate license in 1977 at the age of 50. She continued to sell real estate well into her 80s.

Darlene was never one to sit still. Real estate was something that always kept her busy. If she wasn't doing that, she could always be found attending her grandchildren's functions or going out to eat or having coffee with her friends.

Darlene will always be remembered for the great love she had for her family. But she will be remembered most of all for her love of Jesus and how she would fearlessly witness to others about him! She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church and was actively involved in many church functions.

Though Darlene is no longer with us on this earth, we know that all of her pain and suffering is now over. And though we will miss her greatly and are saddened by her death, we rejoice that she is at rest in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821.

Online condolences can be shared with Darlene's family at www.morganmemorialhome.com.