Eloise Martzahn

February 14, 1925June 23, 2019

Eloise M Martzahn

Eloise Martzahn, 94, of Burnet, Texas, formerly of Bettendorf, passed away Sunday, June 23. A Memorial Service will be held at Davenport Memorial Park at a later date. Eloise was born in 1925 in Davenport, Iowa to Sam and Hilda (Biemtema) Gaghagen. She married Tom Martzahn on 9/18/48 and shared 66 years of marriage until his death on 1/14/04. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for many years and loved spending time with family and friends. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and was over the moon when they won the World Series in 2016! She was a member of the Iowa Bridge League since 1962 and became a Life Master in 1968. She was elected to the Iowa State Bridge League Hall of Fame in 1996. She spent the last two years at Country Oaks Assisted Living in Burnet, Texas to be close to two of her daughters. Surviving are her children Becky (David) Ylinen of Burnet, Texas, Barbara Wessel of Liberty Hill, Texas, Tom Martzahn, III (Connie) of Bloomington, Illinois and Lori Grbac of Roseville, California. She has nine grandchildren, Ken Bailey, Steve and Shea Boyd, Nicholas, Michael, Zachery and Jackson Martzahn, and Kendyl and Kayla Grbac. She has one great-granddaughter, Lydia Bailey and has many nieces and nephews. Condolences may be expressed at


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Donna Flanigan

July 11, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Eloise. It was fun to greet her at the bridge table and she always had a smile. I also enjoyed the yummy nuts she sold around the holidays for her ladies group. She will be missed by her friends.

Wanda Fishburn

July 10, 2019

Tom, Becky,Barbara,& Lori I am so sorry for your loss o f your Mother. We were great friends for many years and went to a lot of places to play bridge together. Keep your memories of her with you always. All my love, Wanda Fishburn

Beth Kelly

July 8, 2019

Goodbye to my dear, long-time friend and bridge partner, Eloise Martzahn. I will miss you!

Eloise was a fun-loving, cheery, hard-working great lady who befriended many in her lifetime. Too bad she outlived so many other friends, for there would be more condolences here from them too.

She was a great asset to our local duplicate bridge club, later being elected into our unit 163 Hall of Fame. She ran a local duplicate club, chaired many tournies and served on many committees and was great at

Her willingness to serve and contribute also showed up as a member of the Heritage Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women's Association.) She must have held every office there was, was scrapbook chairman, as I recall, and went as a delegate with it to the National Convention. Even after retirement she kept in touch with her friends, going to their monthly dinner meetings and socializing.

She loved to go to garage sales and watch the Cubs play baseball. Once we took a bus trip to Chicago to see them play the Cardinals, and of course her team won!

One of her favorite pasttimes was showing pictures of her children and grandchildren and telling us many stories and feats about them. She always had recent pictures with her there in her purse and glowed when she got them out to show us.

Her daughters, son and grandchildren, including one great grandchild Lydia, will always be family to me and I've been happy to have them in my life all these years.

Beth Kelly
Bettendorf, Iowa