Elinor E. Hamang, 97, of Evergreen Park, died March 3.

Funeral services were held March 9 at Kosary Funeral Home.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Michael) Heniff; her grandchildren, Michael, Angela, James, Lloyd Jr., Bobby and Robert; and her great-grandchildren, Thomas, Erica, Aiden, Cora, Brenna, Kelsey, Elsa, Braden and Emily.

Hamang was born in Cleveland. After she graduated high school, she went to Valparaiso University, where she graduated and became a teacher.

One day while attending college, she went to the Indiana Dunes, and she met her future husband, Lloyd Hamang. They were married on Aug. 2, 1947. They grew their family and had five children, Carla, Susan, Lloyd, Albert and Charles.

Hamang was a schoolteacher for over 30 years. She was a passionate teacher and fully enjoyed cultivating and mentoring future generations.

Some of her greatest joy came from her children. They created many wonderful memories and enjoyed going on family vacations as often as they could. There was never a dull moment in the house of five children who always kept her on her toes.

Hamang was never scared to take on new opportunities and lived her outstanding life with honesty and integrity. She had strong values and was well loved by everyone, mostly due to her positive energy. She had incredible patience and always made time to help others. She would always say it all comes back to us.

She was an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, colleague and friend. She touched the lives of so many people. She will truly be missed and will never, ever, be forgotten.