Martha Egolf

CHURUBUSCO — Martha Ann Egolf, 85, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:48 a.m. on December 11, 2017, in Fort Wayne.

Born on April 22, 1932, in Whitley County, a daughter of Abraham and Ruth (Beavers) Nestel, she spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1950.

She was married on October 1, 1950, to Russell J. Egolf in Churubusco. The couple moved to their farm in Green Township. Russell preceded her in death on December 13, 2008.

Martha worked at Dana Corporation, Churubusco, as well as helping with the family farm. She was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and served as the church organist for 25 years including years at the former EUB church. She enjoyed her time dancing in the former Boots ‘n Bonnets Square Dancing Club. She wintered in Apache Junction, Arizona, where she was active in activities at the Golden Vist Park.

Martha is survived by four children, Jann (David) Johnson, Mel (Susie) Egolf, Ned (Cathy) Egolf, all of Churubusco, and Brian (Judy) Egolf of Albion; two sisters-in-law, Janet Nestel and Connie Nestel Teghtmeyer; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, Roger and Dale Nestel.

Services were Saturday at Churubusco United Methodist Church.

Burial was in Christian Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Churubusco United Methodist Church Food Pantry or the Churubusco Youth Foundation (Oscar’s Playground).

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