The Washington Times-Herald

March 13, 2014

Martha Wesner

Sept. 14, 1924 - March 12, 2014

The Washington Times-Herald

---- — NEWBERRY — Martha Ann Wesner, 89, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday.

Martha was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Newberry, to Felix and Anna (Manley) Sappenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brothers-in-laws, Jess and Mary Helma Scott, Charles and Evelyn Mohr, also son-in-law Ed Martindale and brother-in-law Eugene Wesner.

Martha married Max D. Wesner June 22, 1944, and he preceded her in death July 21, 2001. She is survived by her children, Robert (Jean) Wesner and Dianna (Don) Brookshire, grandchildren Brian Wesner, Jeremy (Kim) Wesner, Heidi (Marty) Sargent, all on Newberry, Julie (Rick) Baker of Marco and Dustin (Jenny) Brookshire of Fishers, great-grandchildren Emilee Wesner, Max Wesner, Anna Sargent and Emma Sargent, all of Newberry, Braydon and Addyson Wesner of Odon, Casey Baker of Marco, Olivia and Jenna Brookshire of Fishers, several nieces and nephews and special cousins Marsha Kline and Mike Swayze.

Martha graduated from Newberry High School in 1943 and was always active in planning the annual Newberry Alumni meeting with abundant stories, history and pictures. She was a member of the Newberry United Methodist Church her whole life, active in women’s group, teaching, and played the organ for years. She was a Past Matron of Newberry Order of Eastern Star and Past Grand Representative of Indiana Grand Chapter. She presently held the office of secretary, she served also as the secretary of Newberry Cemetery Association, had been active in D.A.R., and was an active member of the Newberry Progressive Club. She was always called for local history, she was anxiously awaiting the completion of the new bridges at Newberry having used the old covered bridges and seeing the present ones built in her youth. A big sports fan she always attended her kids’, grandkids’, great-grandkids’, neighbors’ grandkids’ games of football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, track and 4-H horse shows at White River Valley and North Daviess. She followed all Indiana University, Pacers and St. Louis Cardinals games, she loved eating out, telling jokes and stories.

Friends can call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Newberry United Methodist Church and 9 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service at the church. Newberry Order of Eastern Star will have services at the church on Friday evening.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Newberry United Methodist Church, with Pastor Nikki Marker officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery.

The family wishes any donation’s in Martha’s name be made to the Newberry United Methodist.

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