Barbara Louise Hardtke (nee Renn), age 81, of Lombard, was called suddenly to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Beloved wife of the late Elwaine Hardtke Sr.; loving mother of seven children, Elwaine (Cathi) Jr., of Lombard, Mark (Cheryl) of Mission Viejo, California, Barbara (Russell) Hansen of Lombard, Christina (Al) Schefske of Lombard, Marcia (Troy) Huber of Lombard, Wade (Tonia) of Lombard, and Tricia (Mark) Walton of Lombard; dear mother-in-law of Debbie Hardtke of Lombard; proud grandmother of 27 grandchildren, Jason and Doug (Audrey) Hardtke, Briana (Sean) Fischer, Mark Jr., Kristin, Michael, and Trevor Hardtke, Michael, Allison and Katie Hansen, Kaitlyn (Patrick) Witte, Jessica (Eric) Gile, and Ryan Schefske, Troy Jr., Tyler, Danielle, Lauren, and Mackenzie Huber, Cole, Cade, and Callie Hardtke, Alexandra, Genevieve, Gabrielle, Sammy, Brookelyn, and Cooper Walton; supportive grandmother-in-law to Jenelle Hardtke; caring great-grandmother to Douglas (DJ) Hardtke Jr. and Luke Fischer; friend, and “Grandma Hardtke” to all who knew her.
Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Elwaine Hardtke Sr. and her parents, Alvin and Louise (nee Busching) Renn.
Barbara was born on January 7, 1939 in Berwyn, baptized January 15, 1939 and confirmed April 6, 1952 in Brookfield. She graduated from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Brookfield in 1952 and from Riverside Brookfield High School in 1956. Barbara and Elwaine started their lifelong journey together when they married on May 3, 1958. She spent her life lovingly caring for her husband (especially as he dealt with Parkinson’s), her family, in-laws, parents, and anyone else that needed a hand. An avid supporter of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events, she kept a busy schedule of attending games, concerts, recitals, and ceremonies. Her kindness blessed countless others with the gift of a personalized note, a listening ear, a batch of caramel bars, or a warm hug. The story of her family is made up of faith, love, time, and memories … all the things that really matter!
Visitation will be held Friday, October 2 from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 3 at 10 AM at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard. There will be no lying-in state at the church due to Covid restrictions. Interment will follow Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or School, 215 South Lincoln, Lombard, IL 60148 or donations to Lutheran Hour Ministries, Michael J. Fox Foundation, or ALS Association in memory of Barbara Hardtke would be appreciated.
Call 888-629-0094 for information.
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