Martha Therese Holtel

September 5, 1915January 16, 2021

Martha T. Holtel of Connersville, Indiana died peacefully at home January 16, at the age of 105, surrounded by her loving family.

Martha was born on September 5, 1915 in Enochsburg, Indiana, to Ferdinand Volk and Theresa Huser Volk, and was the youngest of ten children. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Enochsburg, and attended school in Batesville, Indiana and Oldenburg Academy, receiving her certification to teach elementary school, and received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marian College in 1997.

Martha’s teaching career began in Oak Forest, Indiana, where she taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse, equipped with a wood stove and an outhouse. Her teaching career was put on hold when she met and married “her handsome soldier”, Marcellus T. Holtel of Oldenburg, Indiana on April 27, 1943. Martha and Marcy eventually settled in Connersville, after Marcy was honorably discharged from serving his country in WW II.

After raising her family, Martha returned to the workplace, first as a teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and then as activities director for Fayette County Senior Services. She then devoted her time and efforts to volunteering in her community, giving thousands of hours to the Fate Center, the Fayette Memorial Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, visiting nursing home patients and making over 6,000 rosaries for missions. Martha was a devout member of St. Gabriel Parish, serving on the Bereavement Committee until the age of 99, and was one of the founding members of the Legion of Mary.

Besides her husband, Marcy who died on December 24, 1980, three sons in-law preceded Martha in death: John L. Showalter, Robert Manchir, and Robert Fields. She is survived by her seven children: Judith Showalter of Connersville, Donna (Ed) Blotkamp of West Bloomfield, MI, Therese (Larry) Hollis of Greenfield, IN, Mary Manchir of Richmond, IN, Raymond Holtel of Connersville, IN, James (Jaclyn) Holtel of New Palestine, IN, and Elizabeth Fields of Richmond, IN, also, 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 5 great –great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to current health restrictions, the family has arranged for private services for her large family only. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Showalter Blackwell Long and Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gabriel’s Church on Thursday with Father John Geis officiating. Father Geis was Martha’s nephew/godson and lifetime prayer partner. The Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed, at Burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 232 W 9th St, Connersville, IN 47331.


  • Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, January 21, 2021



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Karen Lippincott

February 2, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Martha was an inspiration to many. Family and friends will be in my prayers. Prayers for peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.🙏💖

Susan Dreyer

January 21, 2021

Judy & Family -
We are thinking of you all as you celebrate GG's remarkable life. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Peace be with you,
The Dreyers

Jeanie Pflum

January 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss. My sister joyce will miss her great neighbor. Prayers.

Stu and Carol Duerstock

January 20, 2021

Judy and family, You are in our prayers in this season of grief. Fondly remembering your sweet, gentle mom.

Ralph McClure

January 19, 2021

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She had a wonderful life.
My prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for being such a great friend.

Lena Smith

January 19, 2021

Beth and Family,
I just saw this and want to let you know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure you feel very blessed to have been able to have your mother in your life for so long. You have so many wonderful memories to enjoy as you look back over your growing up years and I am sure these will help you through this sad time.

Kathy Doyle Sturgeon

January 18, 2021

Your sweet Martha was truly an angel on earth. She was always smiling and caring for other people. Did not know that she had been a teacher at one time. I know she was a wonderful mother and grandmother as I grew up with Showalter girls and knew many of their children. I always said that she and my mom were cut from the same cloth in their roles as good Christian ladies always helping others. My mom was blessed to have her bring her Holy Communion at Caroleton Manor when mom lived there fr a time. She did not remember who it was that brought her Holy Eucharist, but she would always tell me that a sweet kind lady had visited her that day. Mom had some Volk relatives in Oldenburg as my grandmother who was a Lamping had 11 brothers and sisters and in mom's death cards there are many with that surname ranging from the late 1800's as she inherited the Bible and funeral books from her parents. Heaven definitely has two of the best up there now.

Dick and Mary Helen Hankins

January 18, 2021

Dear Judy and the entire family of Martha T Holtel, you will be in our thoughts and prayers for the loss of your beloved mother. She was an inspiration to all that knew her and loved her. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel and know that she will be smiling down on all of you.

Agnes Ervine-Wilcher

January 18, 2021

Every time a childhood memory crosses my mind, almost instantly I think of the Holtels. I grew up across the street from them. I have so many good memories of that time. Mr. And Mrs. Holtel were always so nice to the kids on the block and there was a bunch of us. (18 of us in 5 houses!). I so looked forward to seeing her in the spring when I was coming home to visit. I will always remember her as one of the kindest ladies I ever met. Judy, Donna, Therese, Mary, Raymond, Jim and Beth know that your Mom left me with many good memories from my childhood! I will always keep them in my heart. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories and keep them safe within your heart. Nobody will take them from you. May God be with you all......
Sending my love to all,
Agnes Ervine-Wilcher, Maricopa, Az.

Susan Marowski

January 18, 2021

Judy, our deepest sympathy to you and all Martha's family. Memories of the many weekday masses and breakfasts with your Mom and the weekday mass group. We never settled the world's problems, but we sure did enjoy the fellowship with many shared joy, laughter, and at times a few tears.
God's blessings to all of you in the days and weeks ahead. Susie Marowski