VERLA J. MARTIN Oct. 21, 1925 - July 3, 2019

Verla Martin

WAKARUSA — Verla Jean (Wenger) Martin, of Wakarusa, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 3, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at the home of Brenda Kay, her daughter, in Greenville, Ohio, where she has lived for the last two years.

She was 93.

Verla was born Oct.  21, 1925, in Wakarusa, to Enos and Goldie (Miller) Wenger.

Verla was a member of the Old German Baptist New Conference Church.

In 1948, she married Harold Ray Martin and together they had five children, Keith Eugene (Elsie) Martin of Nappanee, Karen Sue (Daryl) Oberholzer of Nappanee, Joyce Renee Martin of Indianapolis, Brenda Kay (David) Crist of Greenville, Ohio and Danette Ray (Larry) Martin of Goshen.

Baptized alongside Harold in September of 1951, Verla Jean’s quiet faith was evident throughout her life.

Verla Jean devoted her time to family and helping Harold establish Martin’s Custom Butchering in 1967.

When not assisting in the butcher shop, Verla Jean dedicated her time to raising their five children, subsequential grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her greatest joy was to gather the family for get togethers that spanned days and resulted in decades of memories.

Family members knew to expect calls that began with “I was thinking…” and ended with practical solutions to whatever they were working on.

If she knew one of her family members needed help, she showed up, whether it be as small as stopping in to help with laundry, or ensuring their canning days went smoothly.

Verla’s love for nature resulted in many moments where young family members were encouraged to “look at the pretty trees,” and to remain present with the family.

Her love and attention has impacted each generation and her presence will be greatly missed.

Verla is survived by her five children; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and her sister, Edna Faye (Paul) Witmer.

She is preceded was death by her loving husband, Harold Ray; her parents, Enos and Goldie (Miller) Wenger; her sister, Evelyn; and grandchildren Arlen Martin and Twyla Damm.

Visitation and funeral will both be at Cornerstone Mennonite Church, 24546 C.R. 44, Nappanee, Indiana, 46550.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4  and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 8.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. July 9.

Officiating ministers will be Shane Oberholzer, grandson to Verla, as well as, home ministers Trent Bowman and Donald Peters.

Burial will follow in the Yellow Creek Old German Baptist Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice Darke County.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent at

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