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Martha France, 100 - April 11, 2007


Martha France, 100, of Gothenburg, died Easter morning, Sunday, April 8, 2007, at the Long-Term Care Unit of the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke officiating. Burial will take place at the American Lutheran Cemetery.
France was born at Gothenburg on Jan. 23, 1907, to Herman and Jennie (Heidebrink) Gronewold. She attended Gothenburg Public Schools and also District 32, the Little Red School.
On Oct. 1, 1927, she married Kenneth France at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parsonage. The couple lived on the Warren Bothwell farm southeast of Gothenburg and then moved to Gothenburg in 1944.
She taught Sunday School for many years and was a leader in the Lutheran Ladies Aid and the American Lutheran Church Women as well as the South Side Sewing Club and sold Avon products.She also cooked at School Districts 81R and 100R, the Gothenburg Senior Center, Head Start Program and Gothenburg Public Schools.
France was involved in making many quilts at the Lutheran Church and the Gothenburg Senior Center. She made quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had dedicated her life to her family, friends and the Lutheran Church, according to family members.
?She was preceded in death by: her husband, Kenneth in 1967; her parents, Herman and Jennie Gronewold; three sisters—Anna Pillers, Hannah Knoedler and Elnora Wiederanders; five brothers—John, Ben, Lincoln, Ervin and Pastor Richard Gronewold; her daughter, Bonnie Adams; daughter-in-law, Shirley (Gene) France; a grandson, Doug France; step-granddaughter, Stephanie France; a granddaughter, Susan (France) O’Neill; great-granddaughter, Tracy Teppen.
Survivors include: three children—Gene France of Ogallala, Dolores (Schulz) Heuer of Ainsworth and Leonard (Marilyn) of Gothenburg; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, Oaks Indian Mission, the Martin Luther Home and the Gothenburg Senior Center.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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