OBITUARY

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 https://washtenawliteracy.org/ or Food Gatherers - 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 https://www.foodgatherers.org/ Please share a memory of Martha with her family at her online guestbook.

  • FAMILY

  • 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
  • PALLBEARERS

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

Services

  • 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
REMEMBERING

Martha Jane Kimball

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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.
Andy

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.

Sally Kope

November 4, 2018

I, too, share memories as a Michigan Medicine social worker. Oh, and Martha's quick wit. One of my favorite and most hysterical social work stories Martha told at my retirement party. Let's just say we were all limp with laughter. I also knew Martha decades before U of M, in Westland. Always with great affection and respect. What a woman!

Julie Loftin

November 4, 2018

My thoughts are with your family at this time of loss. Martha and I were colleagues for many years in the social work department at Michigan Medicine, and I think of her with fondness, remembering her social work expertise and commitment to our patients.