Martha Shoemaker, 86

Martha Jane Shoemaker, 86, formerly of Wabash, died at 5:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at her home in Fort Wayne.  She was born April 28, 1927 in Wabash County, to Charles and Alice (Carver) Dluzak.

Martha was a 1945 graduate of Urbana High School. She married John Shoemaker at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wabash, on Aug. 22, 1949; he died Oct. 1, 1993. She was a homemaker. Martha was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Rosary Sodality. She loved her family. 

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Shoemaker, Fort Wayne; daughter-in-law, Janet Shoemaker; two grandchildren, Larissa (Ryan) Ross, and Mark (Jennifer) Shoemaker, and three great-grandsons, Joseph Ross, Avery Shoemaker, and Brody Overlander, all of Wabash. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Larry Shoemaker, who died May 2, 2006, seven brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 188 W. Sinclair, Wabash, with Father Sextus Don officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 3-6:30 p.m. on Monday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash. There will be a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is St. Bernard Catholic Church.

The memorial guest book for Martha may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Feb 21