Barbara Lou Martin, 85, of Sandoval passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Centralia Manor. She was born on June 16, 1936, the daughter of Joe and Alberta (Meinert) Szczepanski in St. Louis, Missouri. She married her best friend, Henry Martin and he survives in Sandoval.
Along with her husband, Henry Martin, survivors remaining to cherish precious memories of Barbara include her children, Debbie Houser Roeder and husband Derrell of Nashville, Illinois, Cheryl Bayles of Centralia, Illinois, Michael Borowiak of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and Angie Foster and husband John of Walnut Hill, Illinois; stepson, Dale Niepoetter and wife Susan of Albers; Illinois her grandchildren, Bryan Houser, Chandra Lancia and husband John, Jason Bayles and wife Denise, Milissa Bayles and significant other Scott Clark, Erin Wolters and husband Mike, Tara Steinbach, Brooke Giacomo and husband Billy, Logan Borowiak, Jennifer Giacomo, Nicholas Giacomo and wife Amy; 19 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother Billy Joe Hug and wife Genie of Radom, Illinois; brother-in-law Bert Martin and wife Leona; sisters-in-law Ruby Miller, and Mil Feckler and husband Ed; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Alberta Szczepanski; brother Scott Hug; grandson Eric Houser; great-grandchildren, Wesley Houser, Jayla Jones, and Detroit Taylor; and son-in-law Brian Bayles.
Barbara worked as a loyal employee of Warren G. Murray Center as a health technician until her retirement. She was a lady of action and was never likely to be found sitting still. She loved to enjoy the great outdoors while camping. Barbara was a skilled card player and loved to hold the winning hand while playing pinochle and rummy. She had a big heart for animals and loved spoiling her furry friends, her dogs, Buddy, Sam, her pride and joy, Happy, her jack russell terrier, and her cat Ralph. Barbara was one of the St. Louis Cardinals biggest fans and got excited every year when spring season rolled around in anticipation of watching their games. Family meant the most to her and she never missed an opportunity to gather the family together to make fun, loving memories. She will be remembered for her love of Halloween and all her interesting costumes. Barbara was a kind lady that would do anything for anyone. She led a life that will inspire those who knew her to take time for others and enjoy all the little things in life.
Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is privileged to be assisting the family of Barbara Martin with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with Chaplain Joannie Naraghi officiating. Friends are welcome to a visitation time from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Barbara’s honor to Centralia Humane Society. Online condolences and memories of Barbara may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.