Marjorie "Margie" Luceil Martin Martin Altenhoff

February 2, 1931March 15, 2011

Marjorie “Margie” Luceil Martin Altenhoff, 80, of New Braunfels, passed away (Tuesday, March 15, 2011) at her home after battling brain cancer.

She was born February 2, 1931 in George West, Texas, to June Travis Martin and Luceil Blackmon Martin. During Margie’s childhood, she and her family moved around Texas frequently, as her father oversaw construction of new roads as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department. Margie graduated from PSJA High School (Pharr San Juan Alamo) in Pharr, Texas in 1948. She had many happy memories of her years in “The Valley,” but always considered George West, Texas her hometown. That is where she had the most family ties, and where she spent many happy childhood years.

Margie attended what was then Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1952. She met Darvin Altenhoff while at Southwest Texas, and they were married on March 14, 1953 in Pharr. They moved to Sugarland, Tx. and began their teaching careers in Fort Bend ISD. They had three children while in Sugarland: David, Dwight, and Martha June. In 1968, Darvin accepted a job as principal of Goodwin Elementary School (Comal ISD) which was an answered prayer for Margie and Darvin, who longed to be closer to family in central Texas. Margie began teaching English at Canyon Junior High School, where she remained for 20 years, many of those years as head of the English Department. She coached UIL competitions, helped produce literary magazines and school newspapers, took a personal interest in her students and encouraged them to be their best. Margie loved her profession, and was a creative, dedicated and passionate teacher, respected by her peers and beloved by her students. She returned to Southwest Texas to obtain her Master’s Degree in English in 1980. The last two years before her retirement in 1990, Margie taught at Canyon High School. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women educators.

Margie was a very involved and beloved member of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, where she and Darvin had been members since 1968. To list all the ways that Margie blessed the church and its members, and to list all the activities and Bible classes she was involved in, would be near impossible. But one aspect of her faith journey that she especially cherished as her “renewal group”: nine women who have been meeting for over six years to pray and support one another spiritually. They include Lynda Dinsdale, Sue Dittman, Emily Riding, Aline Schoch, Kathy Schock, Nancy Stewart, Suzanne White and Bettye Warren.

Margie’s zest for life was infectious, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren (she especially loved watching grandson Mark play baseball), going on outings with her friends, gardening, cooking and watching cooking shows, learning about native Texas plants and birds, reading, painting, and doing creative things. Family was very important to Margie, and she cherished family gatherings. She was a wonderful friend, mother, grandmother, neighbor, teacher, encourager, and “sister in Christ” to many people.

Margie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2005, and after surgery and several round of chemotherapy, she continued to live a full and active life until her more recent diagnosis of brain cancer in November 2010.

She is survived by her husband, Darvin L. Altenhoff of New Braunfels; son David Altenhoff and wife Patsy of New Braunfels,; son Dwight Altenhoff and wife Diana of Lewisville: daughter Martha Cole and husband Terry of Austin; grandson Mark Altenhoff of New Braunfels; granddaughters Lucie and Laura Cole of Austin; brother Travis Martin and wife Dita of George West, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. She was especially close to her niece, Marcia Lynne Dirks, who was like a daughter to her. She is preceded in death by her sister Billie June Dirks of George West.

Visitation will be Friday, March 18, 2011 from 5-9 PM at the Zoeller Funeral Home with the family present from 5-7 PM to greet friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2 PM at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard St. Interment will follow at 4 PM at the Comal Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church or charity of one’s choice.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 19, 2011

Marjorie "Margie" Luceil Martin Martin Altenhoff

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Susie Pella

March 21, 2011

I was so sorry to hear about Margie’s passing. She was a special lady. I still smile when I think about the story we heard as kids of she, Billie, Travis and Mom eating the hearts out of the cabbage crop when they were young. We still make “Margie’s Recipe” for dinner every once in a while (lettuce, refried beans, cheese & fritoes) and I always think of her. I know y’all have a lot of special memories of her. You will cherish the photos and videos that’s she’s in for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Susie Davidson Pella

Marilyn Zwicker

March 19, 2011

Martha, my happiest and most treasured memories of your mother are when I came to see Lucie right after Lucie was born. So many pictures and videos! My love to you and your family during this transitional time.

Janalyn Moos Alexander

March 19, 2011

Mrs. Altenhoff was a special gift to so many! She touched the hearts of so many students, especially mine. She will be missed, but remains in our hearts forever!

Georgena Thomas-Sasser

March 19, 2011

She was the greatest and most memorable teacher I ever had. She was so sweet and encouraging. She will be missed.

Leanne Davidson Kutach

March 19, 2011

Darvin, David, Dwight & Martha,

I just wanted to let y'all know that we are so sorry to hear about Margie. I loved her and thought she was a great lady! She always had a smile on her face that was infectious. I always enjoyed the times we got together, few though they were. I know that she's in heaven having a blast and Mom and Billie were the first ones to greet her. I'm sorry I can't make the funeral tomorrow, but it's tax season and we are working 10+ hour days. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Leon and Catherine Cole Brown

March 18, 2011

Our sincere condolences to the family of Margie Altenhoff. Margie was a very beautiful, vivacious woman of faith who dearly loved her family. Our prayers go out to each of you, particularly to Terry, Martha, Lucie and Laura at this time as you both celebrate the life of a loving Mother/Grandmother and also grieve for her loss.

Pamela Ayers

March 18, 2011

My heartfelt condolences to your family. Martha, my special prayers will be with you. It doesn't matter how old we are, it's hard to live without Mom.

Lea Sandoz

March 18, 2011

Our condolences to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers - love to you all. Ellis, Lea & Eric Sandoz

Terry Cole

March 18, 2011

You were a great mother-in-law. I remember that as soon as you found out I loved cornbread, you made me a different type each time we ate at your house. That went on for year!... at least until the grandchildren arrived! Rest well, Margie.