Martha Heupel, age 91, passed away April 22, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Mott, N.D.
Published May 2, 2013
The funeral service was held April 27, 2013 at Hope Congregational Church in Elgin, N.D. Pastor Bill Bradley officiated with burial in the Hope Congregational Cemetery.
Special music was provided by Viola Sprenger, Donna Wiens, Krista Erickson, David Heupel, Julie Halloff, and Kristen Heupel.
Serving as casketbearers were David Heupel, Kristen Heupel, Julie Halloff, Paul Halloff, Jon Woodruff, Jennifer Woodruff, Krista Erickson, and Michael Erickson. All friends and relatives are considered Honorary Bearers.
Martha Magdalena Kirsch was born June 2, 1921 to Jacob and Lydia (Siewert) Kirsch at Willa, N.D. Martha attended Walker School District until the 8th grade, then stayed at home and helped her Mom do housework. She also helped her Grandpa Siewert with the harvest and she helped her Dad with haying and harvesting. She worked for a family in Mott, N.D. doing housework for about a year and a half. She was paid $14.00 a month.
Martha married Arthur Heupel March 21, 1943. The wedding was originally scheduled for March 18, 1943; however, there was a three day blizzard that delayed everything. Art and Martha farmed and raised their family 4 miles south of New Leipzig, N.D. Martha helped Arthur on the farm and as a farm wife, Martha was an expert at many things, including shocking oats and driving the header box, milking cows, driving tractors, and raising chickens. She always had a big garden and lots of flowers.
In 1980, Arthur and Martha retired and moved into Elgin, N.D. After they moved to Elgin she made a lot of quilts. She made one for each of her children and grandchildren. She also loved to do cross stitch and was very active in the Ladies Group at Hope Congregational Church and faithfully attended Sunday school and Church.
Arthur passed away June 21, 2000. Martha continued to live in her home in Elgin until Sept. 3, 2010 when she entered Dakota Hills. Martha moved to the Good Samaritan Society at Mott, N.D., March 3, 2011,
Surviving family members include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Elmer and Diane Heupel, rural New Leipzig, N.D.; Donald and Janet Heupel, Algona, Iowa; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Luella and Charles Ohr, Glendale, Ariz.; Delores and Mike Woodruff, Tucson, Ariz; six grandchildren, David and Kristen Heupel, Jefferson, Iowa; Julie and Paul Halloff, Chaska, Minn.; Chris and Danne Ohr, Glendale, Ariz.; Jon Woodruff, Des Moines, Iowa; Jenni Woodruff, Fargo, N.D.; Krista and Michael Erickson, Bismarck, N.D.; five great-granddaughters, Emily, Aubrey, Katrina, and Natalie Heupel, Jefferson, Iowa; Kiana Halloff-Jones, Bloomington, Minn., and one great-grandson, James Erickson, Bismarck, N.D.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Elmer Kirsch, Bismarck, N.D.; Arnold Kirsch, Mott, N.D.; Norman and Judy Kirsch, Wyandotte, Mich., and Alberta Kirsch, Dickinson, N.D.; 3 sisters, Hilda Haberstroh, Mott, N.D.; Leona Stern, New Leipzig, N.D., and Sara Tompkins, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and a sister-in-law Elsie Blumhardt, Elgin, N.D. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Lydia Kirsch; her husband, Arthur; 4 sisters, Erna Zimmerle, Olinda Kirsch, Lydia Heupel, Alvina Bertsch, and one brother, Herman Kirsch.
A memorial has been established.