Norma L. Mettler, age 87, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away at 4:55 am on Wednesday April 20, 2022 at Seminary Manor Nursing Home of Galesburg, Illinois. Norma was born on July 8, 1934 in Monmouth and is the daughter of J. Merle and Erma E. Payne Melvin. She was raised in Monmouth where she attended local schools and graduated in 1953 from Monmouth High School. After graduation Norma did go on and earn a few college credits. Norma married Vernon L. Mettler Jr on November 29, 1953 in Monmouth, and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2020. Norma first worked for General Telephone Company in Monmouth where she was both a local and long distance operator. She then began work and was a teacher at Monmouth Early Learning Center from its inception in 1970 to her retirement in 2001. Over the course of her career it is estimated that she taught over 1600 students at MELC. Norma enjoyed the many vacation trips with her family or friends. She was blessed with two sons, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren with her seventh due in October. She followed them in many years of their sport activities. They were her pride and joy, as she was always sharing pictures and cute sayings. Norma has been a lifelong and active member of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Monmouth. She is survived by her two sons, Craig Mettler and Kittie of Davenport, Iowa and Chris Mettler and Christine of Metamora, Illinois. There are five grandchildren, Lindsay and Jared Johnson of El Paso, IL; Kittie R. and Luke Kjormoe of Dyke, Iowa; Alexis and Brian Dykstra of Davenport, Iowa; Matthew Mettler of Peoria, IL; and Alex and Mallory Mettler of Milwaukee, WI, six great grandchildren and one on the way. She is survived by her sister, Judy Owens of Warsaw, Indiana and her sister in law, Dixie Wells of Monmouth, Illinois. Norma is preceded in her death by her parents, husband, Vernon Jr, three brothers, Billy G. Melvin, infant Gary C. Melvin, and Robert Melvin.
A memorial service for Norma L. Mettler is being planned on Saturday April 30, 2022 at 11:00 am at Faith United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth. Her family plans visitation at the church and will receive friends from 9:30 am to 11:00 am prior to the memorial service. A fellowship for all is planned following the memorial service in the social hall of Faith Church. Norma's ashes, along with Vernon's will be privately interred by her family, prior to the announced visitation and service plans. Memorial funds are being established for either Faith United Presbyterian Church or educational materials for Monmouth Early Learning Center. Feel free to leave a remembrance of Norma on this site. www.turnbullfuneralhomes.com