Martha Gail (Lofberg) Wenrich
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BELLEVUE -- Martha Gail Wenrich (Lofberg), 79, of Bellevue, Washington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at her home, under the care of hospice. 

Born in Ann Arbor on March 12, 1941, to Doris Ileen Densmore and Edward Everett Lofberg, Martha was loved by so many. She grew up in Burns Park with her sister Linda -- whom she adored -- playing tennis in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Martha attended Ann Arbor High School and later the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in education. She began teaching kindergarten in Pittsfield Village in Ann Arbor.

Her dear friends, John and Kitty Chase, introduced her to Bill Wenrich, whom she married in 1967. Martha and Bill were quite a team. They loved entertaining, playing tennis, bridge and later, golf. Martha took great pleasure in being an incredible hostess. She and Bill loved having friends over for a meal, and she was in her element when she was hosting a party.

They lived in Big Rapids from 1971 to 1975, and again from 1984 to 1988, when Bill was President of Ferris State University.

Martha loved her family and extended that love to others she and Bill took under their wings. She was a loving and devoted mother to her son, Tigre, and her daughter, Meg, and later a grandmother to Andrea, Guillermo, Anna and Maggie.

She loved crafts of all kinds: needlework, stained glass and glass mosaics, sewing and quilting, generously sharing her finished pieces with family and friends. Martha loved puzzles and always bravely completed crossword puzzles in pen! She lived a wonderfully complete life filled with cherished friends, family and much laughter.

Martha is survived by her son, Tigre (Pepa) Wenrich; daughter, Meg (Scott) Mylan; her grandchildren, Andrea Wenrich, Guillermo Wenrich, Anna Mylan, Maggie Mylan; her brothers-in-law, Chris McKenney and Tom (Carolyn) Wenrich; and her many nieces and nephews and their families.

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Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Jul. 3, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of Martha! Years ago I stayed with Martha with Joyce and Jean when we attended a Mary Kay conference. She was a perfect hostess for us taking us to our daily meetings and cooking for us and taking us to a rodeo. We had a lot of fun!

I also worked in catering at Ferris while i was a student and I remembered going over to their home at the presidents house summer 1988. I will always the one time we had an international student working with us and Martha gave her a bottle of wine for the group to drink later at a employees picnic off the clock. the young student didn't know what to do with the bottle so she hid it in the laundry basket and Bryan found it later oh boy did he have some questions for us. Most of us had no idea about it. Bryan gave Martha a call and she said it was a gift for all our hard work. I feel i can remember these stories like they were yesterday.

Prayers to the family!
Wendy Fowler
July 7, 2020
Marth (as I always called her) was a wonderful friend, one I will always miss and remember with great fondness. We shared so many good times from our first meeting in Ann Arbor all the way through many moves for all of us. The conversations never faltered and despite my exceedingly poor bridge skills, Marth always supported me when others groaned! She lives in my heart.
Kelly Bailey ( aka Susan)
July 6, 2020
I will fondly remember Martha. She worked for my parents, David and Margy Ridenour at their retail decorating store when it was located behind The Old Pioneer store. Later, when she returned as First Lady of Ferris, my parents' painting crew helped to renovate the President's residence for her and Bill. Condolences to her family. She was a very special person who I will always remember.
MaryKay (Ridenour) MacIver
July 5, 2020
Marth was a very good, solid friend. Kelly and I moved into her apartment in Pittsfield Village when she and Bill decided to get married. We played a lot of bridge (Goren style, guys against the women) and hung out with John and Kitty eating in the patio and enjoying drinks. We visited Marth in Big Rapids, San Mateo and Dallas, just about wherever they lived. We always had good times and the great entertainment she and Bill provided. The photo is from 1976. She is greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Jerry Bailey
July 3, 2020
Martha was a wonderful and always happy friend. She was a special friend in high school for John. We enjoyed our friendship with her and Bill which lasted a long time after John introduced them! We think she was a wonderful mother to Tigre and Meg and bet the grandchildren loved her a lot. She had a happy life, and brought joy and fun to all who knew her. Her passing is a surprise to us, and we send our caring thoughts to you all. Kitty and John Chase ( case Tigre or Meg want to be in touch and hear some good stories!)
John and Kitty Chase
July 3, 2020
Martha was such a fun-loving person she and Bill were always so kind and encouraging to me over the years. I count them both as blessings in my life, then and now. They knew how to live and how to treat others superb role models. Enjoy your journey, dear Martha! Comfort and good memories to all the Wenrich family.
Jacqueline Maki
Irving, TX
Jacqueline R. Maki
July 2, 2020
Martha was such a fun-loving and caring person. She and Bill were always so kind to me I count them among my rich blessings, then and now. They really knew how to live and how to treat all people with respect, honesty, humility, and joyfulness. Rest In Peace, dear lady. Blessings to all the Wenrich family as you mourn Marthas passing and celebrate her rich life.
Jacqueline Maki
Irving, TX
Jacqueline R. Maki
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