Martha Grenzeback

Martha (Cunningham) Grenzeback died on December 23, 2012, at the age of 91. Born on June 20, 1921, in Randolph, Massachusetts, she was a resident of Winchester for more that forty years. She graduated from Bridgewater State Teachers College, received her Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University (where she was elected President of her class and Class Marshall), and was awarded her Doctorate in Education from Nova University. Martha was employed as a teacher and administrator in Winchester during her entire professional career. When she was assigned as principal of the Parkhurst School, she was the youngest elementary school principal in Massachusetts. She subsequently served as principal at the Lincoln, Wyman, and Mystic Schools. Martha served as liaison between the Winchester Public Schools and the American Overseas School in Rome and represented Winchester on the Statewide Council for Children at the Department of Education. She worked summers as a consultant for Science Research Associates of Chicago directing workshops for educators throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. During her retirement Martha divided her time between Winchester and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She was an active member of St. Marys Parish in Winchester, where she served for five years as a Eucharistic Minister, a hospital ministry volunteer and a member of St. Marys School Board. She was appointed a trustee of the Winchester Savings Bank, the first woman to serve as a board member of any Winchester bank. Martha was a member of the Winchester Country Club and the Harvard Faculty Club. Martha was predeceased by her husband Robert J. Grenzeback. She is survived by her stepsons and their families: Lance and Joan of Winchester and their children Katie and Rob; and Richard and Sally Patton of Abiquiu, New Mexico, and their children Sarah and Tyler. Martha was an anatomical donor to the Harvard Medical School and at her request funeral services will be private. Those wishing to commemorate her memory may make a contribution to their favorite charity in her name.

Published in The Winchester Star from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, 2013