Martha Scheuermann, 1942 – 2018

Services were held March 10 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Martha Scheuermann, 75, of rural Cooper. Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery.

Martha Maxine (Trask) Scheuermann was born December 6, 1942, to Charlie and Grace (Martin) Trask in Eagle Grove. She entered Eternal Life on March 4, 2018, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by her family. She fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Martha grew up in Renwick and graduated from Boone Valley High School in 1960. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville in 1966 with a degree in elementary education. She later obtained advanced education from Iowa State University in the field of special education. She taught in the Jefferson, Grand Community (Boxholm) and Coon Rapids-Bayard school districts. She touched the lives of many students over the years and retired from teaching in 2008.

Martha was united in marriage to Darrell Scheuermann on June 21, 1969. They made their home in the Bagley and then Cooper areas. To this union were born two children, Troy and Traci. Martha will be remembered for her dedication to her family and friends as well as her devotion to her Christian faith. She especially loved her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their activities. Martha was a hard-working farm wife in addition to being a teacher. She loved nature and was conservation-minded.

Martha was a leader in many community service projects and groups. She was an active member of the Cooper United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Super Cooper committee, the Cooper Cemetery Memorial Day Service, the Order of the Easter Star and the Franklin Culture Club. Martha was an avid basketball fan, attending the girls state basketball tournaments every year with Darrell and many of their friends. She enjoyed traveling and being on-the-go. She was always ready for new adventures with friends and late night phone conversations.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Grace Trask of Renwick and her husband Darrell in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her in-laws, Roy and Wilma Scheuermann of Jefferson.

Martha is survived by her children Dr. Troy Scheuermann and his wife Ralinda of Keosauqua, along with their children, Taryn and Kaitlyn; the Rev. Traci Houts and her husband the Rev. Willem Houts of Sussex, WI, along with their children Grace, Lauren, and Evan. Martha is further survived by her brothers Harold (Pat) Trask of Renwick and Dr. David (Christine) Trask of Burlington, WI; sisters-in law Linda (Rich) Schaeffer of Parkers Prairie, MN, and Donna Rae Scheuermann of New Hope Village in Carroll. Martha also leaves to cherish her memory several nieces and a nephew; many friends and extended family.

Memorials are suggested to the Cooper United Methodist Church or the Renwick Baptist Church.

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