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August 17, 2019

7/10/2019 3:24:00 PM
Martha Goertzen

Martha Goertzen, 95, of Windom, formerly of Delft, died July 4, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at IMC Center (formerly Immanuel Mennonite Church) in Delft with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating.
Special music will be provided by Lois Korns, pianist.
Interment will precede the service at 9 a.m., at Delft Cemetery in Delft.
Visitation will be held Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
Martha Anna Baerg was born April 1, 1924, to Peter G. and Anna (Olfert) Baerg. She lived with her family on a farm northeast of Delft.
After attending grade school at District 16 North country school, Martha graduated as valedictorian from Bingham Lake High School in 1943.
She was baptized upon confession of faith and joined Immanuel Mennonite Church in Delft in 1940.
After high school, Martha was a bookkeeper at the Delft Creamery and Delft Elevator.
In 1948, she married Russell Goertzen. They moved to the Goertzen farm where they lived until 2007 when they moved to Remick Ridge Estates in Windom. Martha moved to Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in 2013.
As a farm wife, Martha went to town for parts and made noon meals and morning and afternoon coffee treats. She also managed a large garden, which included caring for her special roses.
As a mother, she taught her daughters to cook, sew and do chores on the farm and in the house.
In her church, she served as a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir and ladies groups, taught Vacation Bible School and was involved with Missions Society, sewing and quilting for others.
Martha enjoyed traveling, which included trips to the state fair, Twins games or to see family. Later in life, she and Russell visited all but three states, several foreign countries and made many trips to Canada to be a part of ministry at Frontier Lodge. She baked and quilted on those trips and assumed the role of "Camp Grandma."
She was preceded in death by her siblings: Alvin (Anna) Baerg, Abram (Susan) Baerg, Pete (Betty) Baerg, Ike (Ella) Baerg and Lillian (Lyle) Bennett.
Survivors include her two daughters, Joyce (Doug) Ritchie of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada; and Ruth (Rick) Earl of Austin; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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