Martha S. Nuffer

Martha S. Nuffer

Age 84

Martha Louise Ann was born July 28, 1935 to the late Felix and Helen Sellen in Luverne, Minnesota. As a child Martha knew everyone in town and they all knew her by name. As a young girl, her love of dolls grew into a collection of over 1000 and all were of unusual nature. They were often on display and many civic organizations asked her to bring some of them to their meetings to speak about her collection. Later, she was a champion baton twirler competing throughout the Midwest. She was also the majorette for the Luverne marching band from 7th through 12th grade. As majorette, she was responsible for placing bands on the parade field during the Tri-State Band Festival. In 1984, the festival honored Martha by naming her a Parade Marshal.

She attended Loretta Heights Women’s College majoring in art and fashion design. Following college, she returned to Luverne to work on the local paper. She was asked to participate in a local beauty contest, won, and continued winning until placing in the Miss Minnesota pageant. She was also named Miss Sioux Empire, a tri-state contest featuring young women from Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

In 1958, she married Fritz Nuffer, an Army second lieutenant. During their 61-year marriage, they enjoyed 26 years of military life living in ten states and twice in Germany. Following their time in the service, they retired to Omaha, Nebraska, where they enjoyed Nebraska and Creighton sports, live entertainment, their many friends, and hosting Christmas parties. Family and friends always looked forward to the annual Christmas party where there was sure to be love and laughter. Martha was a gracious and skilled host.

Martha was an accomplished artist working with oils and clay. She sold over 100 paintings and filled her home with her artwork. In addition to her work as an artist and sculptor, Martha was a homemaker and taught baton lessons. As a military wife, she and her family moved a number of times. Despite moving all over the country and even abroad, Martha maintained a broad range of loyal friends and was diligent in keeping those connections. Along with raising two wonderful sons, Fritz and Steve, Martha also had a passion for dogs raising numerous well-disciplined companions over her lifetime. With all the moving Martha always made sure to make her family feel settled as soon as possible. The family knew they were settled in when Mom’s artwork was hung and she would say, “We are home.” Her family is blessed to have much of her artwork in their homes to remind them of their beloved mother and grandmother and to be able to appreciate her exceptional talent.

Martha was exceedingly proud of her family, most especially her two sons Fritz (Diana} and Steve (Melanie) and her grandchildren Megan, Jordan, Fritz, and Taylor. Her sons both graduated from college, which was one of her lifetime goals.

As a devout Catholic, Martha lived an exemplary life of faith, service, and love. As such, the family asks that memorials be given to Elkhorn’s St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Martha, our love, we miss you so very much.

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 30th from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, October 1st at 10:30am, St. Patrick Catholic Church-Elkhorn, 20500 W. Maple Rd.  Family Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum. 



  • Steve Lundberg Posted September 26, 2019 2:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing Fritz, God Bless you and your family. What a wonderful and accomplished woman.

  • Merrie & Harvey Glowaski Posted September 26, 2019 4:12 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. We have so many fond memories of our times together both in Germany and the U.S. Martha was a caring and loving friend and we are saddened by her passing. We will miss her and send our love and sincere condolences to the entire family.

    • Dedric Gill Posted September 26, 2019 8:16 pm

      Such a lady and always left one feeling you had just interacted with a classy and dignified woman. She will be missed, Fritz!

  • Debbie, Dawn & Scott Faux Posted September 26, 2019 7:11 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Martha. Prayers are with you and your whole family. Take care of yourself.

  • Ann Gilmour Posted September 27, 2019 5:49 am

    My deepest condolences to you,Fritz and Steve (my godson).
    From the first time I met Martha, she became my role model .Martha was a grand lady and perfect army wife and 58 years later her spirit still resonates within me. From her teaching by example, she has enriched my life for all these years.How I wish I could tell her this! That chance will come again for me (and all of us that loved and admired her) .
    Continue to live in faith as she did for that is the greatest tribute to Martha.
    Love from an old friend,
    Ann Gilmour

  • Jim and Sandi Juhler Posted September 27, 2019 5:54 am

    We are so sorry. We fondly remember visits with you both. Martha was such a skilled hostess. And she made your home so very attractive with her art work. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  • Patrick Timmins Posted September 27, 2019 7:58 am

    My condolences to the Nuffer family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Joyce and Bill Sexton Posted September 27, 2019 10:27 am

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of a dear friend. May God grant each of you peace and strength at this sad time. Our love to each of you!

  • David Coven Posted September 28, 2019 9:22 am

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. I consider myself to have been very fortunate and privileged to have known such a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family during this most difficult time.
    David and Joan Coven

  • Stephanie Mortinsen Posted September 28, 2019 1:50 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. I remember the good times we had when Martha and Fritz visited Mildred in TN Love you

  • Ron & Shirley Longacre Posted September 29, 2019 3:06 pm

    Fritz, we are so sorry to hear of Martha’s death. Since we are unable to attend her services, please accept our sincere condolences. May God bless you all.

  • Christine Charleston (Lewis) Posted September 30, 2019 8:29 am

    Steve and Melanie, My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Dick and Judy Oberg Posted October 8, 2019 4:23 pm

    I had met Martha thru Fritz, who is a West Point classmate. At all times she showed charm and good sense. We have lost a fine person. Our sincere condolences to Fritz and his family.

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