Martha Zbornak

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Martha Jane Zbornak, nee Gain, 92, born August 9, 1927, in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Martha grew up in Belleville, born to Lawrence and Zita, nee Becker, Gain.  She moved to Merrillville, IN, in 2011 to be closer to her daughter where she enjoyed living in her first apartment. She moved to Clarendale Senior Living in Schererville, IN in 2018, still enjoying her independence and being involved in many of the amenities of Clarendale, including bingo, ambassador’s club, LCR dice games, crafts and entertainment.

Martha was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Merrillville, IN, and was a former member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, IL.  She was a member of OLC Women’s Guild, OLC 55+ Senior Club, OLC Friends in Christ Outreach Ministry, OLC Feeding the Flock, ARCS Senior Club and Phil’s Friends Cancer Ministry of Crown Point, IN.  Martha loved to do crafts, quilting, shopping, and travel.  A special thanks to Clarendale Senior Living of Schererville for all their help and understanding during this difficult time. Due to Covid-19 they were most generous, allowing her daughter to stay with her in her independent living apartment to take care of her. Also special thanks to Unity Hospice of Merrillville, IN for their advice and support.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Norman J. Zbornak; her parents, Lawrence and Zita Gain; brothers, Hank Gain and Skip Gain; and sisters, Mary Ann Gain, Catherine Pickard, and JoAnn Papproth.

Martha is survived by her children, Marilyn M. (Ralph Jr.) Huber of Crown Point and Paul Zbornak of Sedalia, MO, formerly of New Bedford, MA;
grandchildren, Kristina (Dean) Yeater of Berlin, NJ, Kevin (Kayla) Zbornak of Sedalia, MO, David (Mallory) Huber of Montgomery, IL, Mark Huber of Crown Point, IN, and Matthew (Cassie) Huber of Indianapolis, IN;
great-grandchildren: Nathan Yeater, Justin Yeater, Michael Huber, Brooklyn Huber, Jameson, CJ and Robert Zbornak;
a brother, William Gain of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Bertha Brown of Minco, OK;
and many nieces and nephews.

Remembrances can be made to Unity Hospice, to Our Lady of Consolation – Friends in Christ Outreach Ministry, or to Phil’s Friends in Crown Point. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Ralph Huber Jr. officiating.

Burial of cremains will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, where Martha will be united with her beloved Norman.


2 Comments on Martha Zbornak

Sharon K Milley said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

I heard about Martha's passing from Gertie Wasser. I kept in touch with Martha (always enjoyed her and her nice smile) and did not hear from her this past Christmas. My mother was a sister to Norman's father. I have some pictures I would like to send to either Paul Joseph or Marilyn.

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Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Martha was a member of Catholic Holy Family Society (Catholic Fraternal Life) and was active in the Belleville Women's Council until she moved away. This made me so sad to see that she passed away. But how glorious and fitting for her to enter the gates of heaven on Easter Sunday! We all loved Martha in the home office. She would stop by periodically to drop off her paperwork. She was so so sweet. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Martha. Fondly, Mary Barbara Kurtz CHFS

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