Gladys M. Martin, 85

Gladys M. Martin (nee Ploeckelmann), 85, of West Bend, formerly of Menomonee Falls, passed away Sunday Oct. 17, 2010, at her residence.

She was born on March 25, 1925, in Green Valley to the late Fred and Esther (nee Bauch) Ploeckelmann. Gladys attended Girlís Technical High School in Milwaukee and graduated in the class of 1943. She worked for Globe Union making parts for airplanes during World War II. She went on to work as the assistant to the manager of Snow White Garments and retired from S & J Sales at the age of 62.

Gladys met her husband, Anton Martin, who was a friend of her sisterís boyfriend, during the war. They were united in marriage on June 25, 1949. Tony preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1993. At that time, Gladys moved to West Bend to live with her children.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she helped with bulletins and setting up communion. Gladys enjoyed bowling. She coached junior bowling and ran a junior bowling league. She was the secretary/treasurer of her bowling league and the treasurer of the Jim Beam Bottle Club. She also enjoyed playing golf and had a hole in one at Broadlands Golf Club.

She is survived by three children, Suzanne (Richard) Seidemann of Sheboygan, Anton K. (Kathy) Martin of West Bend and Joanne (John) Flegiel of West Bend; eight grandchildren, Kimberley Seidemann, Richard (Ruth) Seidemann, Robert (Tammy) Seidemann, Kristy (Randall) Cooley, Daniel (Katie) Martin, Timothy Martin, Christopher Flegiel and Jennifer Flegiel; seven great-grandchildren, Katherine Seidemann, Stephen Seidemann, Kaleb Cooley, Oscar Martin, Devon Villareal, Miranda Lucatero and Marisol Lucatero; two brothers, Glenn (Jean) Ploeckelmann and Roger (Carole) Ploeckelmann; three sisters-in-law; Helen Ploeckelmann, Shirley Ploeckelmann and Gladys (David) Shelly; two brothers in-law; Rudy Martin and George Martin; other relatives and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tony; sisters, Alice Krieger and Beatrice Torbeck; brothers, Kenneth Ploeckelmann and Floyd Ploeckelmann; and parents-inlaw, Anton and Viola Martin.

A memorial service in remembrance of Gladys will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 140 N. 7th Ave., West Bend. The Rev. David Schoob will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at