Martha Jane Kimball

May 3, 1937November 2, 2018
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Martha Krupp Stavros Kimball (1937-2018) gently passed away on November 2 in Ann Arbor, MI, surrounded by her five children, her beloved Ed, and many grandchildren. Born in Lorain, OH, Martha was the fifth of seven children. She graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit before marrying Douglas Stavros, with whom she had five children. After Doug’s passing in 1996, Martha married Ed Kimball in 1999, expanding her family by three, including Ed’s two children. Her family was her greatest joy and travel was a passion, having visited all seven continents with Ed. Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband Douglas; and her two oldest brothers, Neal and Ralph. She is survived her four siblings: Patricia (Steve) Chozinski, M.Jerome (Rita) Krupp, Rose Marie (Thomas) Heinrichs, and Albert Krupp; her husband, Ed; her children: Rosemarie Roberts, John Stavros, Paul (Jackie) Stavros, Monica (Jon) Chester, and Matthew (Kyoko) Stavros; her stepchildren: Ronald Kimball and Amy Kimball; fifteen grandchildren: Luke Roberts, Emily Roberts, Lydia Roberts, Hanna Norell, Christopher Magone, Alexandra Stavros, Adam Stavros, Marissa (Garrett) Finch, Andi (Cooper) Heminger, Elaina Chester, Ian Chester, Seth Chester, Miyako Stavros, Kent Stavros, Toby Kimball-Ware, and many nieces and nephews.

Martha derived great satisfaction from her career as a medical clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Health System, where she pioneered the application of Mindfulness Meditation for wellness and stress management.

Visitation will be at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Tuesday – November 6, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday November 7, 2018 visitation continues from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 2250 East Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s memory may be made to Washtenaw Literacy - 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 or Food Gatherers - 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Please share a memory of Martha with her family at her online guestbook.


  • Edward M. Kimball, Husband
  • Rosemarie Roberts, Daughter
  • John Stavros, Son
  • Paul Stavros, Son
  • Jackie Stavros, Daughter-in-law
  • Monica Chester, Daughter
  • Jon Chester, Son-in-law
  • Matthew Stavros, Son
  • Kyoko Stavros, Daughter-in-law
  • Ronald Kimball, Ed's Son
  • Amy Kimball, Ed's daughter
  • Patricia Chozinski, Sister
  • Steve Chozinski, Brother-in-law
  • M. Jerome Krupp, Brother
  • Rita Krupp, Sister-in-law
  • Rose Marie Heinrichs, Sister
  • Thomas Heinrichs, Brother-in-law
  • Fr. Albert Krupp, Brother
  • Luke Roberts, Grandson
  • Emily Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Lydia Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Hanna Norell, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Magone, Grandson
  • Alexandra Stavros, Granddaughter
  • Adam Stavros, Grandson
  • Marissa Finch, Granddaughter
  • Garrett Finch, Marissa's Husband
  • Andi Heminger, Granddaughter
  • Cooper Heminger, Andi's Husband
  • Elaina Chester, Granddaughter
  • Ian Chester, Grandson
  • Seth Chester, Grandson
  • Miyako Stavros, Granddaughter
  • Kent Stavros, Grandson
  • Tobi Kimball-Ware, Grandchild
  • Gerald Joseph Krupp, Father
  • Blanche Helena (Dorrel) Krupp, Mother
  • Douglas Stavros, First Husband
  • Neal Krupp, Brother
  • Ralph Krupp, Brother

  • George Friedman, Pallbearer
  • Steven Rhodes, Pallbearer
  • Luke Roberts, Pallbearer
  • Adam Stavros, Pallbearer
  • Christopher Magone, Pallbearer
  • James Payne, Pallbearer


  • Visitation - Tuesday Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Vigil Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Visitation at Church Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Mass of the Resurrection Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Martha Jane Kimball

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John Robie

November 20, 2018

Martha, I am sad to see the news of your death, I search for you because I have a friend who could use your guidance and counsel desperately now. I speak about you often for the wisdom you imparted and the guidance you gave me. The two most significant things that you taught me are:

first, the cause of our anxiety as humans. You put it so simply..."the cause of our anxiety is because we want things to be the way we want them to be" I have shared that with many people since you taught it to me.

The second thing is that "all anger is a mask for fear"...ALL ANGER is a mask for fear. No matter the example I used to prove you wrong you were able to talk me through it until the fear was discovered. I have so much less anger because of that lesson.

Of course, I couldn't say good bye without thanking you for the introduction to Jon Kabot Zinn and the knowledge that everyone is living their own "Full Catastrophe" as explained in his book. That has enabled me to feel compassion for others in a way I had long forgotten.

Martha, your lessons will endure for generations because I have shared them so often. Thank you and good bye! I pray that someone in your family will share these significant contributions of yours with your grandchildren so they may benefit from your wisdom

Trish Magyari

November 18, 2018

Martha and I were room-mates during our MBSR professional training at UMASS over four months in 2000 and later at the annual MBSR conferences. Each time I looked forward to heart-felt chats with Martha about love and life, about what was most important to us and how to live authentically. She was so wise and kind-- I learned just as much from Martha as I did from our mindfulness trainers! During my first year of knowing Martha I went through a painful divorce and her compassionate counsel stayed with me, and helped me to re-open to love when it presented itself once more. Lastly, I will remember Martha's wry humor and smile, and the many moments of laughter we shared.

May her long and beautiful legacy continue within her family, her beloved Ed, and in the local mindfulness community that she helped to nurture and nourish from the beginning.

With love to all who mourn her. xx, Trish

Carrie Baartmans

November 6, 2018

All my life I have enjoyed the funny, witty, wonderful Aunt Martha! I most admired her ability to be an incredible connector of people! If I ever had a question about where a cousin lived, or what they might be doing, Martha would know. My most important memory of her, occurred almost 5 years ago during a quick visit by her and Ed to our home in Charlotte, NC. Martha did not know my children well, nor had we hosted her in our home, previously but we were all changed by her visit. My daughter had been very sick for several years. We were trying to convince her to accept a medical treatment program in Minnesota and she had refused. Martha took time to quietly speak with our daughter, to listen and to put the situation into words that were meaningful to her. Very soon after her visit, we went to MN for a month and the program saved my daughter's life. Hannah felt so inspired by the program and the new life, that she finished her college degree and has gone on to get her masters in social work and is working with teens and families in Boston. Martha made a difference in many people's lives and has created a legacy that will live on. We will be forever grateful for her love and affection.

Maury Budow

November 6, 2018

I moved to Ann Arbor in 1990, having just got married. My wife, Gwen, got a job working with Martha as a social worker at the U of M hospital, and Martha quickly became her mentor professionally, and, as we started a family, as an expert on child raising. After all, who better to go to for parenting wisdom than someone who raised five kids successfully? My favorite story about Martha happened when our youngest daughter was born. Our oldest, who had been potty trained for over a year, began to leave little puddles of pee all over the house. We were worried. Did we need to see a psychologist? Is he scarred for life? We decided to ask Martha what to do. "Did you tell him to stop it," she said? Great advice - it worked like a charm.
Martha was a great support and friend in subsequent years, especially a few years later when Gwen passed away. And always, she was a great source of wisdom. I wish all her family comfort from all of their memories of her.

Lydia Roberts

November 5, 2018

Lydia Roberts

November 5, 2018

Andy Krupp

November 5, 2018

Aunt Martha always made it a point to spread her love by visiting as many of her nephews and nieces as she could. We were so blessed with her many visits to TX to see us, shown, with my children, Joshua and Julia, and Joe Chozinski and his wife while visiting San Antonio, 2014.

Jennifer Doble Check MD

November 5, 2018

Martha I Miss you already!!! My favorite ever social worker, mom, and mentor. You supported me through the beginnings of my now 25 year marriage. I was so fearful that my Mike was going to suffer some trauma like those we cared for at UM. You helped strengthen my faith, my capacity to love unconditionally, and the ability to always laugh at myself and adversity. Thank you for your indelible impression on my life. Jennifer

Mark Fassett

November 5, 2018

I was 18 and living in California when my best friend died in Michigan.

Martha was, to me, the mother of an ex-girlfriend. Rose and I dated in high school.

I couldn’t make it back across the country to the funeral. A few days after the funeral I received a letter from Martha describing the funeral and comforting me. The letter was amazing. I will always remember this incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture. Words cannot describe how much this meant to me and still does mean to me to this day. Of course I still have the letter.

I can’t say I knew her well but I can say I benefitted from her character and kindness in ways she can’t imagine.

Martha thank you and may you Rest In Peace.

April Campbell,MD

November 4, 2018

Oh, Martha, I have so many memories. Where do I begin? How about the time on our trip to Vancouver when we stumbled onto a nude beach and you noted “ I think we’re overdressed.” Or when, during a presentation on bats, the little bat peed on you? Ever the wit you remarked “No problem, babies pee on me all the time!”
Thank you, Martha, for sharing a part of your rich life with your eccentric friend. I will miss you.