Martha Mary Gengler, 84, of Remsen, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Park Place Estates in Le Mars, surrounded with the love of her family.
Martha Mary Gengler was born April 15, 1921, at rural Remsen, the daughter of John "Jack" and Clara (Niehus) Loutsch. Martha was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic grade and high school in Remsen from which she graduated in 1938. On Nov. 4, 1941, she married Michael Gengler at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. They had two children, Dick Gengler and Judy Scheitler. They farmed near Remsen until retiring and moving into Remsen in 1984. Michael died June 17, 1998. She was a Remsen resident her entire life until November 2005 when she moved to Park Place Estates.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, church Guild and Happy Siesta Health Care Center Auxiliary where she spent countless hours helping with bingo and other projects. She enjoyed helping there and made it fun for all.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love of family was the most important thing in her life and she displayed it each and every day. Martha was dearly loved by her family and Grandma Martha was always looking forward to seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a wonderful cook and loved baking. Whenever you would visit her, she would always have something fresh baked to share while visiting. She was known for her homemade bread and pies. She would often share her baked goods with friends as she visited them.
She will be lovingly missed by her family. Survivors include her son Dick Gengler and his wife, Carol of Remsen; daughter, Judy Scheitler and her husband, Bill B. of Le Mars; grandchildren: Bill M. Scheitler and his wife, Jane of Remsen, Richard Scheitler and his wife, Jennifer of Potomac Falls, Va., Jodi Brown and her husband, Matt of Le Mars, Kevin Gengler and his wife, Amber of Remsen, Erin Blankenship and her husband, John of Hawarden; nine great-geandchildren who held a very special palce in her heart; one brother, Earl Loutsch and his wife, Lois of Remsen; and one sister, Donna McClintock and her husband, Tom of Omaha, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard in infancy, and Elmer; and one sister, Norma, in infancy.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson and Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Bill M. Scheitler, Richard Scheitler, Matt Brown, Kevin Gengler, John Blankenship and Dennis McClintock. Honorary bearers will be Irene Ortmann, Viola Gengler, Norma Tentinger and Peg Niehus. These were good friends who were a very important part of Martha's life.