Obit: Martens, William A. Sr. "Bill" (1923 – 2016)


Surnames: Martens, Berns, Dault, Croell, Chenier, Immerfall, Kleygard, Shefchik

----Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, Wis.) 02 Nov2016

Martens, William A. Sr. "Bill" (17 MAY 1923 – 30 OCT 2016)

William A. “Bill” “Sonny” Martens Sr., 93, Marshfield, went to be with the love of his life on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at his home. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Marshfield. Rev. Eric Berns will officiate. Military rites will be conducted at the church by the American Legion Post 54 following the service. Private interment will take place in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Loyal, at a later date. Granddaughters will serve as pallbearers. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Rembs Funeral Home, and on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until service time at Our Lady of Peace Church.

William was born on May 17, 1923, in Chili, where he was raised the son of William and Sophie (nee Croell) Martens. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on Dec. 7, 1951. He married Charlotte G. Dault on May 1, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hubbard Woods, Ill. She died on May 16, 2013. William had a variety of truck driving careers, the last being for his brother, Bert, who also preceded him in death. He was a life-time member of the American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield.

Bill is survived by his children: Bill (Bobbi) Martens Jr., Becky (Joe) Chenier, Bradley Martens, Mark (Deb) Martens, Thomas Martens, Michael (Dawn) Martens, Robbin (Henry) Immerfall, and Gwendolyn (Michael) Klevgard; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mabel; and a brother, Tim.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Charlie Shefchik; his wife; a son, Michael, in infancy; and eight siblings: Bert, Della, Dick, Dorothy, Helen, Jean, Judy and Ted.

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