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Ruth A. Martinek

July 13, 2018

Ruth Agnes Diehl Martinek, 101, Topeka, died July 13, 2018 at Midland Hospice.

She was born February 19, 1917 in Stockton, Kansas, daughter of Myrtle and Frank Diehl and graduated from Rossville High School in 1935. She spent most of her life in the Rossville and Delia communities as well as Wimberely and Canton, Texas.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Delia.

She married Bennie Joseph Martinek on August 24, 1937 in Delia, Kansas. He died March 4, 1995. Two sons preceded her in death, Bennie (Sonny) V. Martinek and Dwight J. Martinek. Siblings preceding her in death were George and Earl Diehl, Alice Gentry, Ralph Nitzche and Ina Marney.

Survivors include son, Douglas F. Martinek (Pat), Topeka, grand-children Michelle (Mike) Berry, Doug (Amy) Martinek, Melissa (John) Kuckelman, Darren (Denise) Martinek and Mandi Martinek and Dustin (Robin) Martinek and great-grandchildren Jacob and Joseph Berry, Caroline and Ben Martinek, Jack and Mary Margaret Kuckelman, Christian, Courtlyn, and Cameron Martinek and Madison and Davis Martinek.

Visitation will be Wednesday July 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 9:00 am with a Rosary following at 9:30 am. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Delia. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in St. Mary’s. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Oratory or the Moravan Lodge #128 in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com

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5 thoughts on “Ruth A. Martinek

  1. Great lady I used to mow there yard when I was in High School I really injoyed our talks we had and she allways made me lunch after I mowed. Will allways remember her and Ben. Sorry for your loss Dustin and Derrick

    Jody Mitchell

  2. Dear Doug, Pat, and Family,

    I was so sad to read that Ruth had passed away. She was such an amazing lady!
    Both your Mom and Dad left such an impact on so many of the people in the Delia and Rossville area. They were always fun to be around, and so incredibly generous in all that they did. Both Mom and Dad truly counted them as some of their best friends.
    So much so, that they asked them to be my Godparents when I was born. I was always (and will continue to be) VERY proud of who my Godparents
    were/are!
    I still have a small rosary that they gave me “many” years ago at my First Communion. They always made me feel so special! My parents couldn’t have made a better choice.
    I know that she is happy now, being with her family, which is the love of her life.
    My heart is sad for your loss. Ruth truly was Special
    Roxie (Matyak) Fath

  3. Thoughts and prayers to the family. I remember when I was little with rheumatic fever, she came by the house and gave me twin dolls. I will always remember how friendly and caring she was as a person.

  4. Doug and Family,

    Ruth was an important part of my growing up in Delia. I will never forget at Dwight and Beverly’s reception Ruth came up to me and started dancing with me. She always made me laugh and it’s so sad we lost touch over the years. My mom and dad, Mary Lou and George DeBacker, thought the world of her and Bennie.

    Thank you Ruth for the great memories from my childhood

  5. Dear Doug and Patricia,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom passing, but she had a good life and we can’t expect her to last forever. She was a real inspiration to me. Loved her dearly. May God be with you all and give you comfort. Bless you.Love, Pauline & Joe Conley

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