Mabel A. Balk

Mabel A. Balk, 92, formerly of Chadwick, IL, and having family in Warren, IN, died Tuesday morning, April 24, 2018, at Signature Healthcare in Bluffton.

Mrs. Balk was a 1943 graduate of Chadwick High School.  She worked alongside her husband as a Chadwick postal clerk for 25 years.  After her retirement from the post office, she worked as the administrative assistant for Morrison Hospital in Illinois and was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  

She served at Hope United Methodist Church in Chadwick as secretary, lay leader, Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir for many years. She was also a lay minister and was a member of several United Methodist district committees.  She moved to Bluffton, IN, in 2008 to be closer to her family.

She was born Jan. 29, 1926, in Carroll County, IL, to William John and Iva Leona Wires Wagner.  She married Robert E. Balk in Chadwick on Aug. 31, 1946; he preceded her in death in May 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan (Bob) Coolman, of Bluffton; sister, Betty Hartman Decker of Sterling, IL; two granddaughters, Kathryn (Kyle) Penrod, of Warren, and Rebekah (Nathan) Mason, of Crawfordsville; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald R. Balk.

Calling is Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Goodwin–Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, 3220 E. Ind.-124, Bluffton.  Funeral service information is pending. Burial will be at the Chadwick Cemetery in Chadwick, IL.

Memorials are to Hope United Methodist Church of Chadwick, IL.