Barbara J. Martin (née Bayuk), 102, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at home—where she longed to be.
She was born on Feb. 24, 1918, in the town of Draper, Wis., but also lived many years in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Eau Claire, Wis. She was married for 46 years to Donald P. Martin.
After raising her family, Barbara returned to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated at the age of 53. She also became the oldest living alumni of UWEC. She devoted her life to her children and their families. She was an avid reader of The Wall Street Journal until her death and loved to read Russian literature. She enjoyed gardening, walking and rock collecting. Barbara blessed us all with a long and fruitful life.
She is survived by her five daughters, Sandra (Robert) Heritsch, Rosemary (Greg) Barker, Janice (Dave Campos) Martin, Marjorie (Jay) Sivertsen and Tracy (Bud) Davis; and four sons, James (Gail) Martin, Peter (Lisa) Martin, Sidney (Patricia) Martin and Frederick (Charlene) Martin. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Grandma Sweetie will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all her loving family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Martin; sisters Joanie, Mildred and Ann; and brothers Robert, Joe and John.
A Catholic graveside service was held on Saturday, July 25, at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Winter, Wis. Fr. Bala Policetty, from St. Boniface Catholic Church, in Chetek, Wis., will officiate.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chetek, and information will be posted when the date and time have been elected.
A sincere thank-you to all of the fourth-floor staff at Mayo Luther Campus for their compassionate care of our mother.
Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with arrangements.