William Hubert (Willie)

Born: November 28, 1870

Died: July 13, 1936 (Mt. Olivet Cemetery in De Pere WI)

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Photos and information provided by Sr. Mary Christine (George).

As regards Great Uncle Willie. He was a cripple who lived in Grandpa's home. One leg was shorter than the other which caused him to limp badly and he had very long arms. It was a congenital defect.

Willie was a very quiet bachelor who was supported by his brother, Mathias, although he may also have helped out in the Coleman store. After his death an autopsy disclosed that he had died of a tumor about which he had never complained.

According to Greg Martens, son of Charles who lived with Mathias family after the death of his mother, Uncle Willie was both mentally and physcally disabled and a very gentle soul.

Monday, July 13, 1936

Marinette Eagle Star OBIT


De Pere - William H. Martens, 65, Coleman, former resident of De Pere, died in a Green Bay hospital Friday after a long illness.

The son of the late Gerard Martens, the deceased was born on his father's farm, where the Daily Fee Golf course now stands. He moved to Coleman about 23 years ago, and made his home with his brother, Mathias.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock this morning, with burial in Mount Olivet cemetery.

Surviving the deceased, who was single, are two brothers, Mathias of Coleman and John of Chicago; and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Driessen, Milwaukee, and Mrs. August De Noble of Maryville, WA.

Charles, Mathias, Alma (George's Wife), Bessie (Mathias' daughter),

Willie (Mathias' brother), Gregory (Charles son), Matt, Mary, Monica (George's Children)