On July 4, 2013, Marthann (Lang) Demchuk (76) was tragically lost to her family and friends as the victim of a terrible accident in San Clemente, California while celebrating Independence Day. Marthann was born in Iowa September 20, 1936 to Martha Elizabeth (Shelton) and Herbert Haven Lang. The family eventually settled in Long Beach, California and it was there that Marthann was first exposed to what would become her lifelong occupation, caring for the elderly. When the family moved to Lynwood Marthann attended and graduated from Lynwood Adventist Academy. With an interest in Nursing she attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. It was there that she and Eugene ("Gene") Alwin Demchuk strengthened their relationship and were eventually married in 1957. Marthann completed her AS degree in nursing at Glendale Adventist Hospital. With two children (Michael and Mariann) and another on the way (Marc), the young family eventually settled in Upland, California in 1965 and would remain in the family home until 1988. It was during this time that the family expanded with two additional children (Matthew and Martha). Marthann continued to run her family's facility in Pasadena, as well as her own, Two Palms Nursing Center and Marlinda St. Helena. In 2005 she lost the love of her life when Gene passed away from complications associated with cancer. It is a true testament to her love and care of the residents in her facilities that so many of her employees have worked for her for so many years, some for over 40 years. As mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and employer she will certainly be missed. Marthann is predeceased by her husband (Gene Demchuk), her parents (Martha Herb Lang) and her sister (Linda Gassoumis). She is survived by her sons Michael Demchuk (Kristen), Marc Demchuk (Jody) and Matthew Demchuk (Rebecca); her daughters Mariann Beddoe (Ric) and Martha Fessenden (Trevor); 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joni Goodnight; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marthann's name to the Academy of Music for the Blind (http://www.ouramb.org/). A Celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 PM at the Vallejo Drive Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Glendale, CA.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 10, 2013