The Reverend Harriett Nicol Martin
The Reverend Harriett Nicol Martin, 83, died peacefully on All Saints Day, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at Friendship House of Cedar Community in West Bend where she had lived for about a year.
Harriett was born March 20, 1923 to Rev. Duane and Harriet (nee Duey) Nicol in Milwaukee, and spent most of her childhood and youth living in Chicago.
She graduated from North-western University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and taught kindergarten for many years.
She later earned an additional degree so she could teach children with special needs.
At the age of 50, Harriett entered Bethany Theological Seminary and earned a M.Div. degree in 1977.
Following her ordination in 1978, she served as a pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, Ill. until August of 2000.
She became a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum when she moved to Cedar Ridge of Cedar Community in 2000.
Harriett was blessed with a lovely singing voice and played the piano and harp.
As a young woman, she was asked to audition for the New York Metropolitan Opera but declined, stating she wanted to be married and have a family instead.
She married Floyd W. Martin in 1947 and they moved to Villa Park, Ill. in 1950. There they raised four children, all of whom survive: a daughter, Lonnie (Tim) Farr of Crystal Lake, Ill.; and three sons: Robert W. Martin of Park Ridge, Ill., Rev. James (Rev. Jennifer Dawson) Martin of She-boygan Falls and Les Martin of West Bend.
She is further survived by seven grandchildren, Chris D’Antonio, Michelle Thompson, Elizabeth Martin Cliffe, Andrew Martin, William Farr, Michelle Farr and Nicole Farr; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Violet) Nicol of Washington; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Nicol of Oregon.
Harriett’s husband, Floyd, died in 2001.
A service in thanksgiving for Harriett's life will be held at Saron United Church of Christ, W3830 Highway J, in rural Sheboygan Falls on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
A time of visitation with the family will be held from 4 p.m. until the service.
Revs. James Martin, Jennifer Dawson and Eric Kirkegaard will officiate.
Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family.
Online guest book and condolences may be found at www. myrhum-patten.com
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Cedar Community for the compassionate care they have shown to Floyd and to Harriett over the past six years.