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Martha Lucille Manitz

August 24, 1920 December 28, 2008
Martha Lucille Manitz
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Obituary for Martha Lucille Manitz

Round Lake, Minnesota
     Martha Lucille Manitz, 88, was born on August 24, 1920, in Rushmore, MN, the daughter of William and Elsie (Kannengiesser) Bartholomaus.  She attended school in Rushmore.  Martha married Herman Manitz on February 24, 1939, in Worthington, MN.  She worked at Campbell Soup Company in Worthington.  They lived and farmed in Indian Lake Township near Round Lake, MN, until Herman became ill.  They lived shortly in New Ulm, MN, following Herman’s illness, where Herman was a boiler operator at the hospital.  They moved back to the farm in Round Lake and Martha worked for Sather’s as a housekeeper.  Following Herman’s death in 1972, Martha moved into Round Lake.  In 1993, she moved to Halter Manor and then to South Shore Care Center in March of 2008.  Martha was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Round Lake, being involved with the Ladies Circle, Ladies Aide, Bible Study, and Christian Women.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing cards.  Martha died on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at the Sanford Regional Hospital in Worthington, Minnesota.
     Martha is survived by her daughter, Shirley Geertsema, of Worthington, MN; her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Randy (Barbara) Geertsema and their children, Benjamin and Shelby, of North Mankato, MN, Kurt (Melissa) Geertsema and their child, Jayse, of Worthington, MN, and Brenda (Jeff) Christenson and their children, Mikayla, Kayle, and Marli, of Sterling, CO; one brother, Dale (Fran) Bartholomaus, of North Brook, IL, and two sisters-in-law, Viola Bartholomaus, of Worthington, MN, and Judy Bartholomaus, of Springfield, MO.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Herman; an infant daughter, Mary Ann Manitz; her parents, William and Elsie Bartholomaus; two brothers, William Bartholomaus and Wayne Bartholomaus, and two sisters, Elizabeth Dirks and Elsie Groninga.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Round Lake, MN, with the Rev. Robert Bartlett officiating.  Casket bearers will be Randy Geertsema, Ron Geertsema, Kurt Geertsema, Jeff Christenson, Rick Ebbinga, David Dirks, and Randy Wilson.  Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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