Martha Johanna Wenstrand (1944 - 2019)

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Red Oak, IA

Martha J. Wenstrand, 74, Red Oak, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society, Red Oak.
Martha Johanna Wenstrand, the daughter of William Sherwood and Bernice (Liljedahl) Wenstrand, was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Shenandoah. Martha attended Essex Community Schools, where she was involved in the band and chorus, and graduated in 1963. While growing up, she also participated in Girl Scouts, 4-H and Luther League. Martha attended the University of Iowa from 1963-67 and earned her BA in Social Work.
Martha began her career in social work at Glenwood State Hospital-School, while attending college. Over the next 40 plus years, she worked for various social service agencies in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and around southwest Iowa. She was united in marriage to Dennis Fausett in 1973, and their son, Brian, was born on July 4, 1976. Their marriage ended in 1981 and in 1983, Martha and Brian returned to the Essex/Red Oak area, making it their home. Martha enjoyed attending Brian's various school activities, which included band, tennis and baseball. As he grew older, Martha enjoyed visiting him while he attended the University of Iowa, and at the various duty stations throughout his career in the Marine Corps. Martha enjoyed traveling, volunteer work, and live music, plays and musicals. She delighted in singing in her church choir, reading, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Martha was an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE; P.E.O. Chapter HB of Red Oak, having served as president, and on the Red Oak Library Board & Library Foundation, along with many other area church and community events.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Martha is survived by her son, Brian and Rebecca Fausett, Stafford, Va.; grandchildren, Trevor Fausett and Rees Fausett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Karen Wenstrand, Mt. Pleasant, and Peter and Dana Wenstrand, Essex; nieces and spouses, Megan and Paul Jacobson, Fairfield; and Marne and Anthony Lackman, McKinney, Texas; nephew, Reed Wenstrand, Mt. Pleasant; grand-nephews, Alex Lackman, Kohl Lackman and Cadon Jacobson; other relatives and many friends.
May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church, Omaha on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, from 3 to 6 p.m., with formal sharing at 5:15 p.m.
Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman. Pastor Jan Peterson will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to the Red Oak Public Library or Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue, Omaha, NE 68131. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Red Oak Express on Jan. 29, 2019
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