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Thelma L. Martin 1929-2024

Thelma L. Martin, 95, of Chambersburg, went to Heaven on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Brookview Healthcare Center at Menno Haven.

Thelma L. Martin
Thelma L. Martin

Born January 30, 1929 in Letterkenny Township, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Harry H. Witmer, and Annie Lehman Witmer.

Her beloved husband, David H. Martin, whom she married on November 25, 1947, preceded her in death on February 21, 2019.

Thelma and her husband were farmers in their early life and the former owners and founders of David H. Martin Excavating. In addition to helping on the farm, Thelma worked at the dress factory in Shippensburg, as a housekeeper for Dr. Charles Bickle, and as secretary and bookkeeper for their excavating business from 1968 until 1988.

She was a member of Chambersburg Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday school for many years, was part of Sewing Circle and also the Fresh Air Program which brought inner city children to stay with families in the local Chambersburg area during the summer. Thelma also volunteered at Menno Haven and the Chambersburg Hospital.

She is survived by two sons, Edwin D. Martin and wife Judith of Chambersburg, and David Henry Martin and wife Janet, of Shippensburg; her daughter, Charlene Gingrich and husband Brian of Chambersburg; daughter-in-law, Glenda Martin of Chambersburg; twelve grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeryl Martin in 2023; two brothers, Paul and Harry Witmer; and three sisters, Miriam Petre, Katherine Witmer, and Anna Witmer.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA.  Menno Haven Chaplain Lori Witmer and Rev. Ronald Cook will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Private interment will be in the Chambersburg Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Menno Haven Benevolent Care, payable to Menno Haven, Inc., c/o Menno Haven Gift Planning Services, 2011 Scotland Avenue, Chambersburg, PA  17201.

Condolences and memories may be shared at the funeral home’s website.

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Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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