Irma Bertha Martens |

Irma Bertha Martens

Irma Bertha Martens passed away Aug. 2, 2005, at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle.

Irma was born Dec. 21, 1914, to John George vonSeggern and Helene Meyers vonSeggern in Wayne County, Neb.

Irma graduated from high school when she was 15 and then went on to graduate from Wayne State College three years later. At age 18 she began teaching at a country school in Laurel, Neb. She taught school for eight years.

She married Leonard W. Martens on June 8, 1941; they were married for 59 years. They had three sons, John D. of Tulsa, Okla., James L. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Fredric Lee, of Rifle.

Irma was a housewife until 1965 when she and Leonard purchased the Gambles Store in Montrose. Together they ran the store until they retired in 1980.

Irma and Leonard enjoyed traveling and seeing the world together. They were a very devoted couple and an inspiration to friends and family. She was a great wife, a terrific mother, wonderful grandmother, and the best friend a friend could have.

She was a charter member of the Montrose Altrusa Club as well as a volunteer for the Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church, and belonged to a book club in Montrose, enjoying the monthly meetings to discuss good literature. She loved the outdoors and crossword puzzles.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Clara Barelman and Charlotte Wylie; brothers Dale vonSeggern, Arthur vonSeggern, and Fred vonSeggern; and sister-in-law Irene vonSeggern.

She is survived by John and Mary Anne and grandson David Martens, of Tulsa, Okla.; Jim Martens, of Las Vegas; Lee and Judy Martens, of Rifle; grandson Jim and Stephanie Martens and great-granddaughter Adelaide Martens, of Denver; and granddaughter Ann and John Gallivan, of Aurora.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Montrose.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the Rifle Library, 107 E. Second St., Rifle, CO 81650 or Zion Lutheran Church library fund, 701 S. Junction, Montrose, CO 81401.

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