Martha Blanche (Madlo) Wilkins, age 91, of Silver Lake passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
She was born March 24, 1925, in McLeod County, the daughter of Josef and Martha (Jancik) Madlo.
She attended Silver Lake Public School and District 12.
Martha was confirmed at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.
She worked in the defense plant at San Diego, CA, and at the Naval Training Base during World War II.
There, she met and married Donald Wilkins May 4, 1946, at the North Chapel, Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA. During their time in the service, they lived in Honolulu HI, Tokyo Japan, Washington DC, and Chanute, IL; and spent some time in Chico, TX.
After Don’s retirement from the service, they moved to Glencoe, in 1961. They shared 36 years of married life until Don passed away in 1982.
They had no children.
Martha moved to Lakeside Manor Senior Residence in Silver Lake in September 1993. She enjoyed walking, playing cards, crocheting, puzzles, and of course, bingo.
Martha was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, The Degree of Honor, Senior Citizens, and Nutrition Site of Silver Lake.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, step-nieces, and step-nephews.
In addition to her husband, Don, Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Josef Madlo and Martha (Jancik) Madlo Honzalek; stepfather Emil Honzalek; brothers Stanley Madlo, and Joseph Madlo; and stepsisters Mildred Simon and Martha Chastek.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, with the Rev. Carol Chmielewski officiating. Jackie Rossi was the organist. Interment followed at Faith Presbyterian Cemetery.
There was visitation one hour prior to the services at the church.
Six Legionaires from Silver Lake Post 141 were Martha’s casket bearers.