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Martha Umland

February 12, 1914 — March 4, 2016

Gridley-Martha V. Umland of Gridley, IL passed away at 1:00 am on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa. She was 102 years old.

She was born in Gridley on February 12, 1914 to Charles and LuCinda Wilson Hoobler. She married Ervin Umland on September 2, 1939 in Gridley. He passed away on May 21, 2002.

Surviving are three children, Ned (Connie) Umland of Gridley, IL; Sue (Martin) Kunkel of Eureka, IL; Karen (Richard) Wilson of Oceanside, CA; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Vera Brady and Carol Flesher both of Gridley, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lois Philpott and Fayne Hunter.

Martha grew up in Gridley and graduated from high school there in 1932. She attended ISNU for two and a half years. She worked in Springfield for the State of Illinois and then the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Normal, IL.

Martha and Ervin moved to Eureka Springs, AR in 1965 where they were co-owners of Starkey Boat Dock on Beaver Lake, AR. They moved to Meadows in 1996 to be near family. She loved to knit, play golf, and was an avid Cubs fan.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Pastor Wes Ooms will officiate. Private family inurnment will be in Gridley Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community 24588 Church Street Chenoa, IL 61726. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial Service

MAR 19. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

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