Merle E. Martin, 75, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her home. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Tuesday, March 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. The Rev. Lou Zuck officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Monday, March 14, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Merle E. Martin Memorial Fund to be given to various charities.


Merle E. Martin, 75, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her home. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Tuesday, March 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. The Rev. Lou Zuck officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Monday, March 14, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Merle E. Martin Memorial Fund to be given to various charities.

She was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Geneseo, the daughter of Arthur and Lottie Edna (Broadbent) Werkheiser. She married Robert J. Martin Feb. 7 , 1954, in Geneseo. He died June 11, 2009. She was a self-proclaimed farm manager at her family farm. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, jigsaw puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, card clubs, and mowing the yard.

Survivors include a sister, Phyllis Wiese of Geneseo; three nieces and spouse, Pam and Randy Ullmark of Davenport, Iowa, Julie Martin of California and Kris Talbot of Davenport, Iowa; one nephew, Steve Wiese of Geneseo; one brother-in-law and spouse, Dale and Janice Martin of Geneseo; one great-niece; three great-nephews; two great-great-nephews, and one special cousin and spouse, Marcia and Keith Himmelman of Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert.