July 11, 1924 - Jan. 16, 2013
GOSHEN - Sylvia Ethel Schrock Martin, 88, daughter of William Metzler Schrock and Mary Ethel Van Scoik Schrock, was born July 11, 1924, on a farm on C.R. 9 in rural Goshen, and died at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
She graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1942 and from Goshen College, with a degree in elementary education, in 1946.
She married Dale Ernest Martin, son of Albert and Mabel Smith Martin, on Aug. 21, 1949, at Dunlap Evangelical United Brethren Church. He departed this life on Aug. 11, 2003.
Sylvia Martin is survived by three sons, Dennis D. (Carol) of Chicago, Gary E. (Patricia) of Goshen and Stanley W. (Julie) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Her son, L. Brian (Sue), preceded her in death on May 10, 1998. Her sister, Mary E. (Robert) Hill of Elora, Ontario; and her brothers, Herman (Lois) of rural Goshen and Lloyd (Arlene) of Pittsboro, survive. Roscoe (Doris) and Emogene (David) Reed completed their earthly pilgrimage before her. She was grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother to 15.
Beginning in 1946, with several interruptions, Sylvia devotedly and inventively taught elementary school children for 19 years at Concord, Goshen and Warsaw public schools, focusing on first and second grade and learning to read.
With her husband she enjoyed many summertime stays at a lakeside cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, near her sister and brother-in-law's farm.
At the time of her death she was a member of West Goshen Church of the Brethren. Before her marriage she and her family were active members of Bethel Mennonite Brethren in Christ (United Missionary) Church, including summer camp meetings at Prairie Campgrounds.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A private family prayer service with burial in Yellow Creek Cemetery will be at a later date, with a public memorial service in March.
Memorial donations may be given to Greencroft Foundation.