Erma G. Martin

Erma G. Martin, 87, of rural Anna, died at 11:47 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at her home. 

She was born on Jan. 13, 1932, in Bowmansville, Pa., the daughter of Adam and Nancy Stauffer. 

She married Phares W. Martin on Dec. 15, 1951, in Ephrata, Pa. 

They moved to Southern Illinois in 1963 in the interest of church and farming. Later, the family established Martin’s Auto Service and Martin’s Sharp-All Shop.

Mrs. Martin is survived by three sons and four daughters-in-law, Leon (Julia) Martin of Tenino, Wash., Irene Martin of Anna, Edward (Grace) Martin of Anna and Robert (Louise) Martin of Warrensburg, Mo.; two daughters, Rhoda, wife of Clair Weaver of Dongola, and Lois Ann, wife of Joseph Gehman of Anna; 53 grandchildren; 127 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leon Stauffer and Elias (Mary) Stauffer, both of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Lucinda, wife of Mervin Weaver of Johnsonville,and Violet, wife of Leonard Martin of Lebanon, Pa.; one step-brother, Frank (Marilyn) Martin of Guatemala;  and one step-sister, Rachel, wife of Carl Martin of Lebanon, Pa. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Phares Martin; her parents; two sons, Glenn Martin and Carl Martin; one sister, Joanna Zimmerman; and one sister-in-law, Mary Jane Stauffer. 

Visitation will be at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church in Dongola from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

Funeral services will be at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., with James Sensenig, Eugene Burkholder, Glenn Martin, Joel Burkholder and Stanley Martin officiating. 

Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, 55 Cain Rd., Dongola, Ill. 62926

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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