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Martha Smith

1920 - 2018

Martha Smith age 98 of Rogers City
passed away December 13, 2018 at
MidMichigan Medical Center.

She was born August 14, 1920 in Belknap Township
to August and Rose Kowalski.

Martha was the last of 5 children. After her marriage to Hazen in 1940,
she moved to Wayne County for 5 years, While there, she worked as a
“Rosie the Riveter” during WWII at the “Willow Run Bomber Plant” in
southern Michigan. Hazen and Martha moved back to Rogers City in
1945 where she remained a homemaker and raised their 4 children,
After the graduation of her youngest child, Martha worked at the SirVis
Dry Cleaners for 10 years, She then became a Senior Companion for
NEMSCA for 31 years. Working for NEMSCA brought her great joy and
“a reason for being”. Martha worked as a SeniorCompanion until her
death. One of Martha’s proudest accomplishments was obtaining her high
school diploma at age 62, Martha was an avid bowler for 30 years and
was inducted into the “Bowler Hall of Fame” in Rogers City at age 83.

She is survived by:
her children, Pamela (Jerry) Young of Freeland, Peggy Robin of Alpena,
and Jeff Smith of Kincheloe;
12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Martha was preceded in death by:
her husband, Hazen;
her parents;
daughter, Betty Lou Elowski;
son-in-law, Edward;
grandson, Steven; and
4 siblings.

Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Sunday, December 16th
, from 4-8 pm where the rosary will be recited at 6:30 followed by the
parish wake service at 7 pm, Visitation will resume on Monday at
St. Ignatius Catholic Church from 9 am until time of Mass at 10 a.m,
with Fr. Rolando Silva officiating.

Interment will take place at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude in memory of Martha Smith.

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Martha Smith – Beck Funeral Home – Rogers City, MI