Aug 25, 1926 – Jan 29, 2017
Martha Schultz, age 90, of Omaha, went to be with her Savior at 7:25am on January 29th after a brief stay at Josie Harper Hospice House. Her husband, Marvyn, and her youngest son, Philip, were with her at the time of her passing.
Martha was born on August 25, 1926 in Roseland, Illinois, to Jelle and Alice (Visser) Kingma. She was the youngest of four children and the only daughter. Martha’s parents emigrated from Groningen, Holland, arriving in America in 1923 after waiting five years to get a visa.
When Martha was only sixteen years old, her father passed away. Since her mother was physically unable to work, Martha was forced to drop out of high school and get a job to support herself and her mother.
In 1946, when she was twenty years old, she visited her oldest brother, Bert, in Lone Rock, Iowa where he was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church. At the Sunday morning service she met the love of her life, Marvyn Schultz, and on August 25, 1949, after three years of courtship via mail, they were married.
Marvyn also became a Presbyterian minister, and Martha served faithfully alongside him as church organist, pianist, and accompanist. She even played her accordion for outdoor church events.
Martha always wanted to be a nurse and after the death of her mother, who lived with Marvyn and Martha for nineteen years, Martha got her GED and completed training to be an LPN. She graduated with straight A’s and passed her licensing test with the highest score in the state of Minnesota. She worked as a nurse until she retired in 2001 from the Veteran’s Home in Omaha at the age of 75.
Martha was preceded in death by her father, Jelle; her mother, Alice; three brothers: Lembertus “Bert,” Simon, and Martin. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Marvyn Roscoe Schultz; her eldest son, James Schultz (Susan); her daughters, Alice Schultz Gloyne (Lloyd), and Cynthia Schultz; her youngest son, Philip Schultz (Karen); four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 1st, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bel Air Chapel. VISITATION begins Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 8:45am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 15002 Blondo, followed by SERVICES at 10am at the church. Interment Thursday, 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Josie Harper Hospice House.