Obituary for Mary Ellen Martin

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Mary Ellen Martin, 79, of Onalaska, passed away at her home Wednesday, December 12, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born April 9, 1939, to LeRoy and Selma (Gastrow) Gross. She married James Martin on May 19, 1956, and he preceded her in death on August 4, 2002.
Mary will be fondly remembered as a Crossing Guard for Irving Pertzsch Elementary where she stood watch for 18 years. She also worked at Penney's for 14 years in the Children's Department and in 1993 she served as the Parade Marshall for Onalaska Sunfish Days. Mary was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star - Ruth Chapter #23, Onalaska United Methodist Church, Onalaska Legion Auxiliary and Volunteered at Mayo Clinic in Onalaska for 12 years.
She is survived by her children, Deanna (Tony) Jordan, Jeri Sue (Buddy) Witkowiak, Peggy (Frank) Escolopio, Brian (Sue) Martin and Andy (Sara) Martin, 14 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Gerry Hinz (Mickie Davies) and Ronnie Martin DeMillo, two brothers-in-law, David (Barb) Martin and Steve Martin, and cousins, Michael Knoble, Ronald (Joan) Kohn and Audrey Kohn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter Kathryn Martin, a grandson and her parents.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Onalaska United Methodist Church, 212 4th Ave N. Onalaska. Pastor Park Hunter will officiate and burial will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo, WI. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska, and again on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Mayo Clinic Health System for Cancer Research or Hospice Program, or to the Onalaska United Methodist Church. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at