Born: April 6, 1904
Died: January 11, 2004
|Uncle Clem's Family History|
|Marriage: Clara V. Gail on April 28, 1951|
Received January 17, 2007 from Eva Mae French who writes: This article is very old. My husband Bob knew Clem better than I did, as he worked with him at Northwest Engineering in Green Bay. I met him just a couple of time. I remember him as a very happy, joking man. Thank you Eva for Sharing.
|Clem at his 96th Birthday Party on April 8, 2000.|
UNCLE CLEM's 99th Birthday
Pictures and memories from UNCLE CLEM's 99th Birthday. Mary's 12 year old granddaughter, Karissa, took these wonderful images for all of us to enjoy. From Mary: We had quite a few relatives there. Ursula, John Joan and Judy came. Also Uncle's wife Gail's sister Elsie from Chicago. Uncle Clem wanted to see her so bad as he had not seen her since his wife died 5 years ago. We served about 70 people. It was very nice. My brother Larry & wife Rita came from LA, My sister Lou came from Milwaukee and My brother Don & Wife came from Green Bay plus many other cousins, and friends. Harriet Martens came and brought some old pictures. I am going to have copies made. One was of Clem's family when Clem was only about 1 year old. We did have a great time.
COLEMAN'S 100th Anniversary Parade Pics of Great Uncle Clem from Judy Peters Smits (Thank You).
The license plate on the car is No. 99.
Uncle Clem has been moved to the San Luis Rehabilitation Center in Green Bay. I spoke with Mary Ziemer this a.m. and he is doing better. I know he would love some cheer.
San Luis Medical and Rehabilitation
Phone: (920) 494-5231 Please keep him in your prayers.
Sara and I visited Uncle Clem Xmas 2003. He was alert and in good
spirits. Mary said he lost 35 lbs but has started putting on some weight
with his improved appetite. We had a wonderful visit.
PESHTIGO TIMES OBIT written by Mary Ziemer
Mary Martens Ziemer’s Eulogy at the Mass for Clement B. Martens
The first time I brought Uncle Clem to his home town of Coleman was Nov. 4,1997.
spring of 1998 we took Uncle Clem and four of our granddaughters ages 8, 6,
6, &5 to the cottage. They wanted to go fishing, their fishing poles were
all tangled together in knots. Uncle Clem sat on the porch and patiently untangled
each pole. We brought a chair to the lake and he help the girls put the worms
on the hook and he talked about fishing.
Uncle Clem was my side kick---we went everywhere together. When we picked up supplies for Richard we would go to a movie, or shopping, or visit the nursing home or stop at one of my kids and play dice or cards. We weren’t home very much.
I remember telling him one day in the car, that we were a blessing to each other. He was so kind, loving and polite. He loved hugs and kisses. His memory was better than mine and I would often ask him to remind me to stop somewhere.
a Birthday Party for him every year in the Parish Hall after Mass.
He liked to joke, had a good sense of humor with a twinkle in his eyes. He had a beautiful smile. He taught me his favorite dice game Zilch and we played it almost everyday. He liked to watch The Price Is Right.
He enjoyed football, baseball and golf on television. He was sharp as a whip even though he could not see very well. I took him to a wrestling match, basketball & baseball game & a track meet at Coleman High School.
Every night we prayed the First Glorious Mystery to the Most Holy Rosary THE RESURECTION along with other prayers. He loved life and his Catholic faith.
In 1999 I had convention in Florida. This was the first time Uncle Clem ever flew in a plane that held more than 4 people.
Upon hearing that this was his first flight at 95 years old, the flight attendant pinned wings on Uncle Clem’s shirt and gave him a bottle of wine.
her and smiled from ear to ear. He was proud to tell people how old he was
because he didn’t look or act 95.
In 2000 I had another convention in California. Richard and Uncle Clem toured the Queen Mary, the Crystal Cathedral and the Wax Museum. They enjoyed each others company.
In 2001 I had another convention in Florida. Richard and Uncle Clem flew in a helicopter over Disney Land & around Orlando. What a thrill. We stayed in Florida for several days and we went to Disney Land and Bush Gardens.
He loved his caregivers, especially Regina and Marvin Brickner who stayed in our home whenever we were gone and took care of him.
There was something wonderful about his spirit, it didn’t matter how old or young you were—he touched your life.
Uncle Clem entered the hospital on October 3, 2003 with pneumonia.
On December 26th he was recuperating at San Luis Nursing Home,
Our daughter Sara arranged for us to take Uncle Clem to our Family Christmas party in Howard. We could keep him for 2 hours.
supper and then Uncle asked for a drink of water. I was giving him a drink
of water with a straw and he said “its not water” and I said “yes
it is” and he said no its not –taste it---so I tasted it and-----it
was white soda----we all laughed and I gave him a drink of water. Then he
He went back to the nursing home and talked and talked about how much fun he had with the family.
He loved all his nieces and nephews and looked forward to their visits.
11, 2004 the Registered Nurse that was on duty from 11:00 to 7:00 came into
the room and said “ we live through trial and tribulations on earth
and then we graduate & have a graduation party”. Uncle Clem’s
eyes had been open for about 36 hours and they were very dry. At 3:30 A. M.
Sunday morning “The Baptism of our Lord” the Nurse said “He
is gone” the very moment her words came out of her mouth a single tear
rolled down the side of his cheek. He must have seen something so magnificent
that he shed a tear. I have been blessed to witness his passing into new life.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Monday, June 16, 1997
Mrs. Clement (Clara V. 'Gail' ) Martens, 81, 304 S. Chestnut, died Saturday, June 14, 1997, after a short illness. She was born October 2, 1915, in Columbus, Wis. On April 28, 1951, she married Clement Mratens.
She is survived by her husband Clement; her half-sister, Elsie Stoll, Ill; two brother and sister;s-in-lae, Leo and Effie Stoll, Ala.; Bob and Lorraine Stoll, Muskego, Wis.; three half-brothers and sisters-in-law, Herb and Lorraine Stoll, Chicago; Dave and Alice Stoll, Chicago; John and Maxine Stoll, Tennessee; many nieces and nephews.
She was prceded in death by her halfpsister, Ruth Stoll.
Friends may call at Blaney Funneral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.