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MARSHALL – Memorial mass for Martin Marthaler, 89, of Marshall is 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Interment with military honors will follow in the Catholic cemetery of Calvaire. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. The evening begins with a prayer service at 4 pm and ends with the rosary at 7:45 pm Visits will continue one hour before the service, from 10 am to 11 am, Friday at the church.

He was called to his first game of celestial cards on Friday June 25, 2021. Let the gregarious storytelling begin as Heaven will hear another joke today.

Martin Alex Marthaler was born on April 8, 1932 in West Union. He was the son of Martin H. and Catherine (Peternell) Marthaler. Marty grew up on his family farm and was baptized, received and confirmed at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. He attended school until the eighth grade before working on the family farm until the age of 21. Martin then joined the United States Army and served honorably in the Korean War.

Marty met Mrs. Alice Winters during a chance encounter at the Roller Garden. As she struggled to tighten her skates, Martin lent her her key and the rest, as they say, is history. The couple were married on October 12, 1953 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Center. They moved 24 times, from Washington to the Dakotas, Minnesota and had eight children, losing two as infants. The family has lived in Marshall since 1963.

Marty got into the auto parts business early on and really enjoyed talking to others and making connections with everyone he met. He also drove trucks locally for various chemical companies and the Marshall Independent. He was proud to be a member of the Marshall American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Ham Radio club and the McDonald’s breakfast group.

After retirement, Martin was proud to have obtained his GED, and then he and Alice took a memorable trip to Europe for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. The couple also traveled when possible and wintered in New Mexico for 22 years old. The master of “Goodbye to Minnesota” was constantly checking on family and friends, especially over the past two years. When he wasn’t at the senior card game center, Marty was known to go camping, fishing, or sitting down with a book about the American West. He enjoyed connecting with his grandchildren, sharing jokes, teasing and doing housework.

Marty is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alice Marthaler of Marshall; five children, Arlene Marthaler of Minneota, Kenneth Marthaler of Key Largo, FL, Kevin Marthaler of Hampton, VA, Kathleen “Kate” Marthaler of Annapolis, MD, Jolene (Carl) Louwagie of Clarkfield; 10 grandchildren, Jeff (Kassie) Marthaler, Jessica (Robert) Babb, Michelle Marthaler, Kristin Marthaler, Alex Marthaler, Charles “JC” Marthaler, Brent Louwagie (Shelbie Thomsen), Jack Louwagie, Jarrett Louwagie, Sophia Louwagie; four great-grandchildren and another on the way; sister, Beatrice (Fred) Massmann of the Sauk Center; sister-in-law, JoAnn Marthaler of Alexandria; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.

He is predeceased by his parents; daughters, Karen Marthaler, Mary Marthaler, Marie Marthaler; brothers, Jerome Marthaler and Donald (Kathleen) Marthaler.

Arrangements by

Hamilton Funeral Home

Marshall, Minnesota




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