Martha Smith died August 2, 2012 at home surrounded by family, of pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Martha Marie Krynski was born January 23, 1925, in Superior, Wisconsin, to Stanley and Bernice (Markowski) Krynski. She was affectionately nicknamed "Mike" by her father, and that was how she was known to her sisters and brothers all her life.
After graduating from Central High School in Superior in 1943, Martha left her family and friends and traveled to Washington, D.C., where she proudly served her country during World War II, working for the FBI as a clerk.
When the war ended, Martha returned to Superior, where she soon met Robert Smith. The two were married on January 17, 1948. In 1954, they moved to Eau Claire, and there Martha supported Bob as he built his window cleaning business. Martha was kept busy much of her life nurturing her seven children, keeping up with all of their activities, baking treats, bandaging cuts and scrapes, and refereeing spats. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed knitting and, on occasion, a game of bridge or a round of golf. When Bob retired, the couple moved to Florida for a time, where they appreciated the sunshine and warm weather. Eventually they moved back to Eau Claire to be closer to their family.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; by her sisters, Stella Van Massenhove and Helen Depta; by her brother, Fr. Leo Krynski; and by two sons, Rodney and Brian.
She is survived by her sister, Dolores "Dorsie" Taraboi; and brothers, Edward "Ed," Richard "Dick," and Lawrence "Larry" (Gloria); by her husband Robert; by her sons, Gregory (Lois), Jay (Christine Miller), Jeffrey (Susan), and Timothy (Lori Mousel-Smith), and her daughter, Michelle Jarvis, with whom she was especially close; by daughters-in-law, Cathy (Weir) and Mary (Sherlock); by her grandchildren, Matthew van Buren (April), Emily and Sarah Smith, Schuyler Smith, Kristen and Taylor Smith, Jordan, Kristian, Rachel, and Kelly Weir and Andrew and Justin Jarvis; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family and by her friends, especially Agnes Smith, who has been a special family friend for many years.
Martha's family would like to extend special thanks to Father Brian Konopa, who has been especially helpful and comforting during Martha's illness, and to her care givers Shelly, Kari, Dee, and Chris, whose care allowed Martha to spend her final days at home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 6th, 2012, at St Olaf Church at 2:30 p.m. with Father Brian Konopa and Father David Van Massenhove officiating, followed by a luncheon.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the church on Monday.
Burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Olaf's Parish or St. Joseph's Hospice.