Melba Hommertzheim

Melba Rin Hommertzheim, 49, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cancer Care at The University of Kansas Health System in memory of Melba Hommertzheim. Donations can be made payable to The University of Kansas Health System and mailed to Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 305, Westwood, KS 66205, or visit to give online.

She was born April 14, 1970, in Bellville, Ill., the daughter of the late Benjamin and Taeko (Mishima) Givens. 

Melba graduated from Cowley County Community College and Kansas State University. Melba was employed by the City of Junction City and later as the investigations secretary at the Leavenworth Police Department, from 2009 until her death.

Melba will be remembered for her beautiful smile and thoughtfulness for everyone around her. She enjoyed life, home, family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Givens.

Melba is survived by her two daughters, Audrey Elizabeth and Elin Rin Hommertzheim, who were her world; her mother, Taeko of Arkansas City; her sisters, Gloria Givens and Carina Givens of Arkansas City, and sister and brother-in-law Cecilia and Mark Chase of Clive, Iowa; six nephews; and one niece. 

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