Elmer C. Martens Jr., 78, Marshfield, died on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, after numerous medical complications.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, with Rev. Savarimuthu Selvalaj officiating. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly will form a guard of honor at the church. Burial will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hewitt, where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield. The visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Rembs Funeral Home and from 9:30 am on Tuesday until service time at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7:30 pm on Monday at the funeral home.
Elmer was born on April 30, 1938 in Milwaukee, to Elmer and Anita (Henzig) Martens Sr. His primary education was at Humboldt Park School in Milwaukee. In 1945, his family moved to Granton, WI, where he graduated from Granton High School in 1956. After graduation, he entered the United States Army, serving his country for 3 years stateside and participating in nuclear testing in Enewetok Atoll in the Pacific for one year. He then entered barber school and worked as a barber. On July 2, 1960, he married the love of his life Nancy Weisenberger. He worked as a welder at Beseler Steel Products until complications with multiple sclerosis caused him to change professions. He then attended Mid-State Technical School and earned a degree in accounting in 1972. Upon graduation, he worked as an accountant for an attorney firm and an insurance agency before retiring in 1988.
Elmer and Nancy enjoyed their retirement traveling stateside and abroad touring 25 countries and all 50 states. Elmer found great joy in talking with people, had a great sense of humor, and a strong faith in God. He always focused on the best in people. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, tinkering on his cars, playing Santa Claus, and most of all, interacting with people to brighten someones day. He always put others first before himself. He was a humble, faithful man. Elmer was a member of Sacred Heart Church, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus John Eisen Council #1799, the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly, was a scoutmaster and had served as Village Treasurer for the Village of Hewitt.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son, Jeffrey (Dawn) Martens, and twin daughters Terry (Tom) Kongslien and Tammy (Tim) Burr and 6 grandchildren, April and Tiffany Martens, Ross (Sarah) Kongslien, Tyler Kongslien, and Amanda and Ashlyn Burr. He is also survived by a brother, Roger (Nancy) Martens.
He was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Anita Martens and a sister, Diane (Bernard) Witte.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com