Normal- Paula M.E. Hafner, 71, of Normal, IL was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on April 4, 2018 in Siesta Key, Florida.
Paula was born December 28, 1946 in Toronto, Canada, daughter of Paul B.H. and Margaret (Dunn) Smith. She married Fred Hafner on August 30,1969 in Peoria, IL.
Paula is survived by her husband and their twin sons, F.J. of Bloomington, Patrick (Heather) of the Dominican Republic, and daughter Rachel who preceded her in death. Paula leaves behind eight grandchildren, Maya, Tyre, Haleigh, Keewan, Hannah, Alejandra, Hayes, and Declan and three great-grandchildren, Marquan, Ja'Quan, and Elijah. She is also survived by one sister, Anne Carignan, of Peoria and a daughter in-law, Tracy Hafner.
Paula earned her Master's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, she was a teacher, later started her own business, then she continued her work at State Farm Insurance, retiring from there after twenty years. Paula began volunteering at a variety of local schools, serving those in need, and showering love upon her friends and family.
In July 2013, Paula was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She battled this disease with faith, hope, strength, and dignity. Even though we saw the advancing frailty, we always saw a warm smile that showed she would not let this condition rob her of the joy of life.
Paula's strong faith in Christ was her guide throughout her journey.
Her Celebration of Life will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 at East White Oak Bible Church in Carlock. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.
Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Faith in Action, Food for the Poor, or The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, wwwlustgarten.org
Online condolences and memories of Paula may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com
Celebration Of Life
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
East White Oak Bible Church
11922 E. 2000 North Road
Carlock, IL 61725
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