Martha ‘Marty’ R. Thayer
Nov. 28, 1944 — Jan 22, 2018

Martha ‘Marty’ R. Thayer Martha “Marty” R. Thayer, age 73, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 22, 2018, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.

Marty was born on November 28, 1944, the daughter of the late William Sr. and Bonnie (Pease) Lean.

Marty married Bruce Thayer on June 24, 1967, at The Palmyra United Methodist Church. She was a lifelong member of the church and helped out with the Palmyra United Methodist Women’s Group. She worked at the Palmyra/Eagle School, drove a school bus, and later worked as a department manager at Wal-Mart. Marty loved spending time with her family and being a grandmother. She enjoyed fishing, baking, bowling, gambling, and playing cards with her friends.

Marty is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Bruce of Palmyra, her children, Paula (Trevor) Knaack of Fort Atkinson and Timothy “Tator” (Brandy) Thayer of Palmyra; grandchildren, Allison and Bristol Knaack and Amber “Sprout” and Joseph Thayer; sisters, Judith Riggs of Little Prairie and Mary Price of Elkhorn; brother, William Jr. (Peggy) Lean of Palmyra; brother-in-law, Carl (Nancy) Thayer of Whitewater; sister-in-law Marie (Sidney) Traxler of Whitewater; dear friends, Judy Robel and Judy Walters of Palmyra and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Woodrow and Marion Thayer.

A memorial service for Marty will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 11:30 AM at the Palmyra United Methodist Church, 122 N. 5th St. Palmyra. Visitation will be from 9 AM on Saturday until the time of service at the church.

The family would like to thank Judy, Kristen, Steve, and Emily for taking such good care of Marty during her illness.

Those planning an expression of sympathy, please consider memorials to the Palmyra United Methodist Church.

Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Palmyra is assisting the family, 262-495-2127. For the online guest registry, please go to