Marjorie Ellen Martel

March 6, 1938December 19, 2018

Marjorie Ellen Martel, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:05 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Vancrest of St. Marys. She was born Mar. 6, 1938 in Albert Lea, MN to Walter K. and Bonney Pearl (Henderson) Purdy who preceded her in death. On Aug. 1, 1987, she married Elmer Martel and he survives in Wapakoneta. Also surviving are her children: Kevin (Joy) Kubat, Rick (Linda) Kubat, Kim (Ted) Bankers and Brian (Pam) Kubat; Elmer’s children: Greg (Faye) Martel and Christine Martel; her siblings: Ellen Thieman, Wesley Novy and Tommy Novy; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and Elmer’s grandchildren; Grace Walls and Paul Walls. She is preceded in death by her stepfather, Bill Novy, her first husband, Marlin Kubat, and the following siblings: Everal, Ronny and Randy. Mrs. Martel was a manager of office equipment and was a self-employed dog groomer. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta and the Lions Club of Pine City, MN. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening around her home and caring for her pets. Memorial services will begin at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta, with Pastor Douglas Pretorius officiating. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 in the church. Condolences may be left online at


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Diane (DeSantis) McCaffrey

December 30, 2018

Our mothers were sisters. Though we were not close cousins, we kept in touch over the years through calls and notes. Margie was always thoughtful about keeping our connection and was often the first to call. I will miss hearing from her.