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September 19, 2019

8/17/2019 7:30:00 AM
Martha Mancl

Martha Mancl, age 91, of Wisconsin Rapids, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at Edenbrook in Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services for Martha will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids.

Fr. Robert Schaller will officiate the service. The family will greet relatives and friends on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 1 to 4 p.m. and again on Monday morning at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Entombment will follow the service at Forest Hill Mausoleum.

Martha was born April 28, 1928, in Junction City, to Joseph and Frances (Bobrowski) Mallek. She married Alex J. Mancl on Nov. 13, 1948 at St. Michael's Church in Junction City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 2014. Martha was a receptionist and office assistant at Lester & Smart Insurance for 18 years, retiring in 1993.

Martha and her sister Josie were known as the "Mallek Sisters" in the 1940s performing on the radio and at fairs. She was the leader for the Saints Peter & Paul guitar group for many years, taught many young people to play the guitar and enjoyed singing around the campfire. Martha enjoyed sewing and was a seamstress who sewed numerous bridal and bridesmaids dresses.

She also enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time outdoors. She was a member of the "Hoopla Band" at the Lowell Center, and enjoyed entertaining people at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

She was happiest when her house was filled with family, friends and music.

Martha is survived by three sons, Michael (Carol) Mancl of Neenah, Alan (Patty) Mancl of Rhinelander, and Doug (Korene) Mancl of Chippewa Falls; three daughters, Diane (Dale) Linzmeier, Linda (Joe) Varga and Pam (Les) Ross, all of Wisconsin Rapids; 11 grandchildren, Holly (Scott Bentley) Linzmeier, Andrea (Dave Chavez) Linzmeier, Christina (Scott) English, Matt (Kim) Mancl, Joel (Katy) Mancl, Erin (Rohit) Chappidi, Jamie (Luke) Shaw, Melissa (Jay) Seyffer, Travis (Brittany) Nessel, Chelsey (Dave) Mazurek, Nate (Kristin) Ross, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother Joe (Sharon) Mallek, sisters Josie Martens and Rosemarie Kawlewski and sister-in-law Venard Mallek.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alex, three infant brothers, one infant grandson, brothers Benedict (Violet) Mallek, Ed (Nell) Mallek and Allie Mallek, sister Celia (Joe) Ciaglo and brother-in-law Don Martens.

The family would like to extend a thank you to all of her caregivers throughout the years, most recently the staffs of Edenbrook Nursing Home and Heartland Hospice.

Memorials may be designated to Heartland Hospice or the Opportunity Development Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family with arrangements.

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