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Obituary for Martha Schultz

Martha J. Schultz, 77, of Decatur, IL, passed away on November 11, 2023.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur IL. Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 PM. A graveside service will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Martha was born on September 25, 1946 in Decatur, IL to Orlie E. Gowan and Ruth I. (Hornstein) Gowan. She was a graduate of MacArthur High School, Class of 1964. Martha attended Mr. John's School of Cosmetology.

She is survived by her three children: Larry N. Schultz Jr. (Melody), Shannon Miller, and Heather Schultz; sister, Patricia Walton; 4 grandchildren: Dustin Schultz (Jessica), Austin Schultz, Chase Rolofson (Angie Ellis), and Raven McKinney (Justin Taylor); 2 grand-doggers: Dany and Olive; along with her first great-grandson arriving in January of 2024.

Martha was a proud owner and founder of her martial arts business, US Academy of Martial Arts in Decatur, IL. She was an instructor as well as a black belt recipient. In her later years, Martha was an Electrical Manager at Menards for 22 years. She has been currently working at Von Maur in Forsyth, IL for the last 10 years.

Martha enjoyed her days by sitting on the deck and swimming in her pool. She was a gifted seamstress, knitter, and had a talent for baking and decorating cakes. She loved being a mom and cherished her time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was loved by all and will be truly missed.

Preceded in death by parents: Orlie E. Gowan and Ruth I. Gowan; and her brother, Gary E. Gowan.