Hiroko K. "Julie" Kobeyashi Mettler, age 84, of Macomb, Illinois and formerly of Monmouth, Illinois; passed away at 5:50 pm on July 13, 2017 at the home of daughter, Mark and Donna McCaw. Hiroko was born on March 14, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She was raised in Tokyo and met her husband, Donald Eugene Mettler, Sr. in post-war Tokyo. Donald preceded her in death on June 1, 1997. Hiroko was a long-time employee of Western Stoneware. She also worked at Monmouth College. Her favorite past-time was family, Japanese food, and trips to the casino. Over the course of her married life, she resided at various military bases and ultimately resided in Donald's home town of Monmouth, IL. She is survived by her two daughters, Donna (Mark) McCaw of Macomb, IL and Sandi (Mike) Krechel of St. Louis, MO; three sons, Donald (Julie) Mettler, Jr. of Brookfield, WI, Fred (Paula) Mettler of Murfreesboro, TN, and John (Gena) Mettler of Monmouth, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and her closest friend and Japanese sister, Mickey Adam of Monmouth.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until time of service on Thursday July 20, 2017 at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. A funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth with Rev. James Epperson officiating. Cremation will then be accorded.
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