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Harold M. Martens

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Mr. Harold Martens of Nashville, departed this life in the extended care unit of the Washington County Hospital in Nashville on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:20 P.M. He had attained the age of 82 years, 8 months and 5 days.

Harold was born in Venedy, on December 24, 1933 the son of Adolph and Esther (nee Rabe) Martens. He was baptized on January 14, 1934 in the St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy and confirmed at St. Salvator on March 21, 1948. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. Harold was united in marriage to Karen Witt in the St. Paul Evangelical Church in Nashville on November 26, 1960 and she survives his passing.

Mr. Martens worked as a laborer out of the Union Hall. He also worked for the Venedy Twp. and at Diedrich Implements in Nashville. He was a gravedigger for many area funeral homes for over 40 years until retiring in December of 2013. He was a life-long and faithful member of the St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy where he served on the cemetery committee for several years and also had served as an Elder.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Karen Martens of Nashville; one daughter, Lisa Schaltenbrand and husband Robert of Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, Darren Martens and wife Patty of Nashville and Wayne Martens and wife Donna of Marissa; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Roy Martens and Leo Martens, both of Venedy, and Paul Martens and special friend Minnette Guetersloh of Nashville; one sister, Dorothy Surmeier and husband Harry of Venedy; nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph Martens and his wife Melba and Earl Martens and his wife Erna; and a sister-in-law, Helen Martens.

Funeral services were held at St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy on Friday, September 2, 2016 with Pastor Art Eichhorn officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the St. Salvator Cemetery or to Celtic Hospice and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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