Melba Rae (Cairel) Burchi, 78, of Kincaid IL, passed away at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday, April 25,, 2017 at St. Marys hospital in Decatur, IL.
She was born February 5, 1939 the daughter of John “Frank” and Ethel (Hurtte) Cairel. She married Albert Reno Burchi on February 11, 1958 at the Kincaid Baptist Church in Kincaid.
She graduated in 1957 from South Fork High School and attended Browns Business College for two years. She was a housewife and mother. She attended Kincaid Baptist Church where she played organ during services and later joined the Edinburg First Baptist Church. Melba and Al were known to many nursing homes in the surrounding area as the “Joy Bells” where she enjoyed playing organ and singing with her husband Albert for the residents. Melba enjoyed singing, dancing and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed watching Days of Our Lives and was an avid reader and news watcher.
Surviving are her husband Albert of Kincaid IL, two sons Alan (Renee) Burchi and Jack (fiancée Linda Barrett) Burchi of Kincaid and one daughter Robin (Robert) Beloit of Bulpitt, IL, grandchildren Brittany, Westin, Austin and Jason Burchi of Kincaid, Bailey and Rylie Beloit of Bulpitt, and Kira Lopez of New Mexico, and 3 great grandchildren, Ronin Epps, Gabrean Lopez, and Seferino Lopez of NM and one brother Jack (Janice) Cairel of Stark, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandson.
Visitation for Melba will be held at Edinburg First Baptist Church, Edinburg IL on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. with services to follow at 11:30 a.m. Reverend Denny Hamilton will be officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.