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Martha R. "Marty" Wilhelm, 70, Batesville, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born Feb. 13, 1946, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Lillian (Niese) and John Suttmann. She married Alvin Wilhelm April 12, 1969, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg. Marty was a teller at Fifth Third Bank 23 years before retiring in January 2008. She was also a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.
Marty grew up in a large farm family. An excellent cook, her family teased that she never learned to scale back. She would always cook more than was needed and would "encourage" you to eat more well after you'd eaten all you could. But with hospitable being the word to best describe her, that was just Marty. Her tater tot casseroles and potato salad were family favorites. Some of Marty's interests included watching "Dancing With the Stars," "Wheel of Fortune," IU basketball and Duke basketball, although no one in the family could figure that one out. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and always looked forward to the regular trips of Gulf Shores, Alabama, or Panama City Beach, Florida. After retirement, she also enjoyed meeting friends for coffee at McDonald's. Her true passion, though, were her grandkids. Marty loved nothing better than spending time with them and would do anything for them.
She is survived by her husband Alvin; daughters Jennifer Lents, Batesville, and Michele Hutchek, Speedway; sons Brian, Osgood, and Christopher, Batesville; sister Clarissa (Chris) Adams, West Chester, Ohio; brothers Paul Suttmann, Batesville, Cletus Suttmann, Oldenburg, and Albert Suttmann, Sacramento, California; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters Alvina Herbert and Sarah Jones and brother Wilbur Suttmann.
Visitation is Tuesday, May 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a Divine Mercy Chaplet service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorials to St. Louis School or Wilhelm Grandchildren's Education Fund.
Published on May 23, 2016
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