John M. Martens

John M. Martens, 90, of Leavenworth, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at home surrounded by his family as Deacon Tim McEvoy lead them in prayer.

John M. Martens

John M. Martens, 90, of Leavenworth, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at home surrounded by his family as Deacon Tim McEvoy lead them in prayer.

He was born Dec. 13, 1920, in Leavenworth, the son of the late John and Augusta (Kern) Martens.

He grew up farming with his father when a team of horses was the mode of power.

On April 8, 1947, he married the love of his life, Bernice Frederick. Side-by-side they farmed in Leavenworth and Platte counties throughout his life. She survives at their home. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law Don and Laura, his daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Greg Hohensinner; grandchildren, Greg Opfer, Jonathan and Sarah Martens and Troy and Nichole Hohensinner; his sister, Ruthie Martens O’Hara; and his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Grace Hospice.