Martha “Marty” L. Schwenk, 87, Avon, and longtime Rochester resident, passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital, Danville.
She was born on April 9, 1934, in Huntington, the daughter of John F. and Blanche D. (Miller) Raub. Marty graduated from Leiters Ford High School in 1951 and attended Purdue University. She married Glenn Schwenk Sept. 6, 1952, in Rochester. Early in their marriage they lived in North Carolina while Glenn served with the United States Marine Corps. They moved back to Northern Indiana and eventually settled back in Rochester. Glenn preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1987.
Marty had worked for Hart, Schaffner & Marx for twenty three years. She then worked for the Diocese of Lafayette serving as church secretary at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester and at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kokomo, for ten years.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. An expert seamstress, she made clothes for her children, herself and others. Marty was known for her culinary skills as well, especially for her crescent rolls and chocolate fudge. While raising her children, she always had a large garden, canning and freezing most of what she grew. She made sure all of her children went to college and graduated, an accomplishment that made her very proud. In later years, she enjoyed growing a variety of flowers, just like her mother. She had earned her Master Gardner and Advanced Master Gardner degrees. In her mid- 70’s, she enjoyed taking ceramic classes. She was active with the March of Dimes organization and their annual walk and fundraiser. She was recognized as top money earner and 14 years of support.
Survivors include her children, Dr. Glenn Rudy (Julia) Schwenk, Jr., Indianapolis; Ed Schwenk, Florida, Jeff (Lisa) Schwenk, Waynesboro, Va.; Tim (Briget) Schwenk, Rochester; Christina (Keith) Kelley, Wadesville; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings: Jan (Lynn) Mishler, Leiters Ford; Donna Brucker, Muskegon, Mich.; John (Margaret) Raub, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Shirley Joan Hiatt and brother, Gene Raub.
Special thanks to the staff at Traditions Nursing Home in Avon, IN for all the great care she received there.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Rosary and Prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.