Martha Ann VanGilder, 74, formerly of Mentone and Warsaw passed at 2:48 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.
Martha was born on March 1, 1946, in Warsaw, to the late Dr. Donald and Barbara (Gast) VanGilder.
She was a 1964 graduate of Mentone High School. Martha then graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Music and English in 1968. She had worked at the Kosciusko County Health Dept. She had volunteered at the Jail and as a tour guide for the Historical Society.
She had been a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Old Lacers Society of America where she demonstrated her skills at various Revolutionary War Encampments in Warsaw as well as in Dearborn, Mich. She was known to wear a colonial costume of her own confection. Her greatest passion was making lace crosses.
Martha is survived by her daughter Anisa Bradley of Rochester; grandchildren Mary Ann and husband Atiba Davis, Margo Riadi, Chris Crews, Donald Bradley and Floyd Bradley; great grandchildren Mia, Malia, and Michaela; a sister Donna Kay Pineda of Kendallville; a niece Karla; and grand niece Jada.
She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents Karl and Mabel Gast; and paternal grandparents Bert and Cora VanGilder.
The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana with Pastor Jeff Herron and Pastor Gail Law officiating.
The family requests that everyone in attendance wear a mask.
The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.
Visitation will be from noon-1 p.m.,, Monday Jan. 18, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
Memorial contributions can be made in Martha’s memory to the Mentone United Methodist Church.