JoAnn Martin, 96

JoAnn Martin, 96, of North Manchester, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. 

She was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Indianapolis, to Russell and Leah (Throckmorton) Martin.

JoAnn was a 1937 graduate of Tipton High School in Tipton, where she was raised.  She received her B.A. degree from Earlham College in 1941, her M.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1949, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1963, with her graduate studies in English and Humanities.   She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Department of Communication Intelligence, Washington D.C., working three years intercepting and decoding messages sent from intelligence personnel throughout the world. 

JoAnn taught English Literature at San Jose State University, Bryn Mawr College and finished her career at Manchester University, where she retired in May of 1986.  She belonged to the National Council of Teachers of English, the Indiana College English Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the Midwest Modern Language Association.   She was also a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, the Nature Conservancy and was a library volunteer at Peabody Retirement Community, an active member of the Shepherd's Center, and volunteered many years at One World Handcrafts.  JoAnn loved nature, birds, hiking, flowers, literature, poetry, music, and libraries.  She was involved in ACRES Land Trust and helped establish Kokiwannee Nature Preserve in Lagro, Indiana.  She participated in many book studies at the Manchester Public Library.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Martin Johannessen of Danville, Calif., six nieces and two nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Barbara Duda and Sue Kinder, her brother, Phil Martin, and her nephew, Michael Duda.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, Indiana.

The preferred memorials for JoAnn are ACRES Land Trust (, Manchester Church of the Brethren, or Peabody Retirement Community Library.

The memorial guest book for JoAnn may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Dec 08