Martha W. Hespe

Funeral services were held yesterday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Martha W. Hespe (nee Steger), who died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 at Port Haven in Port Washington at the age of 88. Visitation was held at the church on Monday and interment took place at Immanuel Cemetery. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.

Martha was born in Cedarburg on Feb. 22, 1917, the daughter of the late Robert and Louise (nee Meseke) Steger. Martha married the late Arnold Hespe on June 1, 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Martha was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was active in many different church groups. Martha’s favorite hobbies were baking, cooking, gardening and working at her church.

Martha is survived by a brother John Steger; sister Frances Steger; and godchildren Sean Fuerstenberg and Carmen Paulus. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Martha was preceded in death by brothers Bill, Bob, Oscar and George; and sisters Anna and Louise.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit