Martha Louise Volkening

Martha Volkening, 85, of rural Hampshire, left this earthly plain on Feb. 1, 2010, the result of a stroke she had suffered on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Martha was born on March 28, 1924, in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Rev. Percy and Roberta Ward Spangler. Martha was the youngest of four girls.

She was married to Henry L. Volkening on Oct. 5, 1946. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother. Martha and her husband, Henry, celebrated 63 years of marriage last year.

She was renowned for her many abilities, a highly creative and artistic woman, long involved in her faith communities, in leadership capacities, and a friend to many in need. Her many gifts blessed her family, friends and community. She operated a cake decorating business until she became unable due to a diagnosis of scleroderma in the late 1950s. In spite of her illness, she continued on, sustained by her faith, the prayers of many, her indomitable spirit and the grace of God.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Henry; her sons, John (John Schuh) Volkening of Chicago, Jim (Christy) Volkening of Sugar Grove; her daughter, Susan Volkening, who resides with and cares for her parents; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Mulder of Ozark, Mo., Joshua (Debbie) Volkening of Sugar Grove, Nick (Liz) Volkening of North Pole, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren. Martha leaves behind many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends and neighbors who meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Kowalczyk, Roberta Hammer and Ruth Kingsley.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64) St. Charles.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Fox Valley Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Ill.

Contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to Fox Valley Bible Church.

For information, call (630) 584-2000 or visit www.NorrisFH.com.