Viola Jane Martens

95 year old Viola Jane Martens died Wednesday night at NHC Health Care Center in Smithville. She was a resident of McMinnville, a native of Knox County, Kentucky and a long time resident of Bellwood, Illinois and Guttenburg, Iowa. Martens attended Baptist and Methodist churches and she was retired from the Retail Clerks Union. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park, Illinois. Burial will be in the Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park, Illinois. Martens was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Martens; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Martens Bruder and Ralph F. Bruder; parents, Thomas H. and Lizzie Prichard Elliott; and three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by a son, Henry A. and wife Annette Martens of Villa Park, Illinois. Two daughters, Mary J. and husband General Oaks of McMinnville and Nola M. and husband John Scott of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Amy and husband Ken Smith, Lori and husband Butch Wawrzaszek, David and wife Julie Bruder, Deanna and husband Joe Baures, Buddy and wife Linda Martens, Robert and wife Virgina Oaks, Aaron and wife Shannon Oaks, Denise and husband Thomas Reed, and Eric Brandt. Three step grandchildren, Charles and wife Robin Scott, Brenda Scott, and John Michael Scott. Twenty two great grandchildren, nine step-great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, three step great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimers Association or to the charity of your choice.

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