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Helen Marion Martin, of Eagle River, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. She was 96.

She was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Chicago, the daughter of Valaria and Stanley Marszowicz; the sister of Marie, Rose and Stanley.

At the age of 13, she left home and school to work as a nanny during the Great Depression.

She enrolled in Continuation School, completing four years of high school in two years. She entered the order of St. Francis, a cloistered convent. She was working toward her teaching degree from DePaul University when she became ill.

Mrs. Martin was the first woman at Motorola to become a bookkeeper/accountant during World War II.

She left a promising corporate career to move with her husband to a one-room fishing shack built on cedar poles in northern Wisconsin. There she learned how to grow her own vegetables, can produce, make soap and butcher chickens.

She raised four children and worked outside the home for many years as a cook at Camp Ojibwa and a waitress for Jimmy’s Café. She had a phenomenal memory and at the end of the day would tell you what every customer had to eat. She would amaze returning seasonal customers with a recitation of their previous orders years later.

She married her life partner, Stanley Ray Martin, on May 8, 1943.

She and her husband sang in the church choir, loved opera and ballroom dancing.

Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband in 2009; daughter, Lorraine, in 1945; and son, Rodney, in 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Valeri Snedden; and sons, Robert (Kathy) and Richard; seven grandchildren, Jerri Lynn (Pete), Jayme (Paul), Bryan (Ashley), Brent (Juliana), Heather (Josh), Bill and Kim; and five great-grandchildren, Ella, Joe, Jake, Lily and Isaac.

A private viewing was held at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at a future date.

Memorials are appreciated by the family.


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:56 PM

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