Wanda Martens (1921 to 2013)

Wanda Martens passed away on March 6, 2013 at the Leamington Mennonite Home in Leamington, Ontario, at the age of 92.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Suderman Martens, her step-mother Maria Dirks Martens, and her father, Cornelius Martens.  She is survived by one brother, Rudy Martens of Goshen, IN, and two step-brothers, Otto Dirks of St. Catherines, ON and Waldemar Dirks of Petersburg, ON.  She is also survived by a niece, Elizabeth Claassen (Cleon) of Moses Lake, WA and two nephews, John Martens of Mishawaka, IN and Philip Martens of Champaign, IL. Wanda was born on February 9, 1921 in Halbstadt in the Mennonite colonies of south Ukraine, in what was the Soviet Union at that time.  She immigrated to Canada in 1925 with her family, where they settled in Tavistock, Ontario.  Wanda graduated from high school and attended the Stratford Collegiate-Vocational Institute, graduating with a diploma in the Special Commercial Course in 1939.  She used her secretarial skills in employment with the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada (currently Sun Life) in Waterloo, beginning in 1943, and continuing until her retirement in 1981. After many years in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, she moved to the Leamington Mennonite Home in 1993.  Wanda survived a diagnosis of stomach cancer in the mid 1990s and made a complete recovery.  She attended Leamington Mennonite Church until deteriorating health restricted her movement in the last years of her life.  She was a regular contributor to charitable causes, including church, missions and development work. At Wanda’s request cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at the Leamington Mennonite Home, 35 Pickwick Drive, Leamington on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Henry Regier officiating.  Memorial gifts for Wanda may be made by cheque to the Leamington Mennonite Home, by contacting the Hammond Funeral Home, 17 Little Street South, Wheatley (519-825-7741).  www.hammondfuneral home.ca

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