Barbara Jean Martin (nee Rowland)

November 2, 1929 - March 26, 2023
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Barbara Jean Martin was born on November 2, 1929 in Edgar County, Illinois. She grew up in Gary and graduated from Horace Mann High School. She attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in New Jersey and eventually continued it at Emerson Elementary School in Gary.Continue Reading

James & Valerie Frankovich left a message on March 31, 2023:
Mr. Martin, Kurt, Tommy, Nancy & Family. Valerie & I would like to send our deepest condolences. James & Valerie Frankovich
Chryle Elieff left a message on March 31, 2023:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Martin was my second grade teacher at Miller a VERY long time ago, but I remember those days like it was yesterday! May your fond memories of her time with you comfort you and may her memory be eternal!
Stephanie Duncan-Caceres left a message on March 29, 2023:
I’m so sad to learn of Mrs. Martin’s passing. She always took the time to talk with me and share her wry sense of humor. I long admired her grace and elegance at every occasion, a bit of a rarity in our neck of the woods. There was never a doubt how intelligent and well read she was. I’ll be forever honored that she, Larry (and the Patzes), trekked to New York City for my wedding in 1994. May Mrs. Martin rest in peace and happiness knowing she lived a full life.
Mark Balazs left a message on March 29, 2023:
My deepest sympathies on your loss. Over the years, I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of her interacting with her grandchildren and children in Tom and Alison's Facebook posts. Mrs. Martin was kind, generous and supportive, and I will always have very fond memories of her. She was my second grade teacher and the mother of my best friend growing up. Rest in peace and thank you for making a positive childhood impact on me.
Jerry and Kathy Niemeyer left a message on March 29, 2023:
Larry and family, we are sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful wife Barb. May God bless you and your family.
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John Sikora left a message on March 29, 2023:
Coach Martin and family. Please accept my sympathy on Barbara's passing. My prayers are with you
Debby Onika-Brazys left a message on March 28, 2023:
Deepest sympathy to the Martin family. Barb was a superb teacher, wonderful mother, and supportive wife to Larry. She will be missed.
Anna Wermuth left a message on March 28, 2023:
Barb was a "third" grandma to my girls, treating them as two of her own. Your kindness to us will be missed. Sending love to all the Martin family members, who I hope will find peace in your legacy and memories. Love Anna, Lili and Greta.
Maureen Turman left a message on March 28, 2023:
I am very sorry to hear of Barbs passing. I send my condolences to her family. She was a lovely person, and I always enjoyed your company. I will be sending a donation to the Alzheimer’s in her name.
Pam Schiller left a message on March 28, 2023:
My memories of Barb were that she was one of the classiest women I had ever met. Devoted and supportive wife of Larry, an awesome mom besides being a stellar teacher. Losing people like her leaves such a hole that can never be filled.
Randy Fenters left a message on March 28, 2023:
Dear Larry and family. I am truly so saddened by the passing of Barb. I always remember her with a smile on her face and deep love for her family. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God Bless all of you and know that God is with you during this time of sadness.
Sarah Wermuth left a message on March 28, 2023:
Tom, Alison, Julia, Liesl and Alex- We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom and grandma. We will remember her delicious cooking and sweet giggle. We love you, Sarah, Ted, Paloma and Ione
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
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