Helen Weaver Martell, 89, of Marinette, died Saturday evening, August 17, 2013, at her home. She was born October 26, 1923, to John Thomas Weaver and Nancy Elizabeth (nee Moxley) Weaver, both members of pioneer Alleghany County, North Carolina families.
Helen spent her early life in West Virginia where she graduated from high school and from the Williamson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She moved to Boston, Mass. where she trained as a surgical nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. It was there that she met Green Bay native, Phillip W. Martell, Jr., and was then married on June 26, 1948. After moving to this area she worked at the former St. Joseph-Lloyd Hospital in Menominee and later as a private duty nurse during her child rearing years. Earlier in her life she had been a member of the former Business and Professional Woman's Club and the Marinette Woman's Club. She was a skilled gardener and naturalist and devoted many hours to historical and genealogical research. She had been a member of the White Pine Genealogical Society, the Marinette County Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Marinette and the United Methodist Women.
Helen is survived by two sons: Dr. Phillip John Martell of Big Rapids, Mich. and James (Marsha) Martell of Marinette; two grandchildren: Elisabeth (Brian) Lesandrini and James R. Martell, both of Marinette; and nieces and nephews in Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband on September 1, 2003; and by a brother, John Thomas Weaver II; and a sister, Ruth M. Weaver.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in the funeral home with the Rev. Kevin Dembinski and the Rev. William Bippus officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
Special appreciation is extended to Helen's Advocates caregivers, "Pete", Bev, Jen and Mary and to Marquette General Home Health and Hospice.