Martha E. Pettengell

Aug. 14, 1916 – Aug. 18, 2013

Martha E. Pettengell, 97, of Waukesha, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at the Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center. Martha was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Bullard, Texas, the daughter of Thornton L. and Ida (Frost) Kiphart.

She was united in marriage to the Rev. William T. Pettengell. Martha was an ordained minister and served throughout her years with the Metropolitan Church Association (MCA) primarily in India. She happily shared her love of God with everyone she encountered. Martha enjoyed spending time with her family and her sister, but the most enjoyment she received was through helping others and reaching out to them through the word of God. She will be remembered best for her gentle spirit and beautiful smile. Her daily talks with God included the mention of family, friends and those she met along the way. The power of prayer was demonstrated through this amazing servant of God. The song “This Little Light of Mine” was how she lived her life.

Martha will be dearly missed by her stepdaughter, Charlotte Ann Pettengell of Jacksonville, Fla.; three step-grandsons; nine step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are four generations of nieces and nephews. She is further survived by dear friends and the countless number of lives she has touched both in this country and through her service in India.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Thornton and Ida Kiphart; husband, the Rev. William T. Pettengell; her brothers, George, Paul, Clarence, Happy, Thornton Jr. and Frank; and her sisters, Lillian Leber and Ruth Kiphart.

The visitation for Martha will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Gary Bowell will be officiating the service. Interment will immediately follow the service at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials in honor of Martha may be given to the Metropolitan Church Association, 126 Stadia Drive, Franklin, OH 45005.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit http://www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.