Aldene Martens, 88, died February 6, 2018 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. She was born October 22, 1929 at Lehigh to Gustav and Caroline (Meljo) Matz. She married Alvin Martens April 28, 1951 in Hillsboro. Survivors include: son, Gayland Martens of Durham; daughter, Rita Prieb of McPherson; 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Predeceased by a sister, Vivian McCleave in 2010 and husband Alvin Martens in 2003. Celebration of Life 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Aldene Marie Matz was born October 22, 1929, to Gustav F. and Caroline (Meljo) Matz on a farm outside of Lehigh, Kansas. She was the youngest of two daughters. She attended a country school at Waldeck through the 8th Grade.
Growing up she and her older sister, Vivian, worked on the farm helping their father and mother grow crops and harvesting, raising livestock and planting gardens and canning vegetables and fruits they picked. At the age of 14 she began working at a café in Hillsboro washing dishes and then waiting tables. The family later moved to Hillsboro.
On April 28, 1951, she was joined in holy matrimony to Alvin Martens in Hillsboro, Kansas. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, Rita and Gayland. They farmed north of Lehigh until 1959 when the family moved into Lehigh. She was a stay at home mom until both children were in school and then she began working outside the home. Through the years she worked at various jobs in Newton, Goessel, Hillsboro and retired from Sterling Drug (now Pfizer) in McPherson in 1985.
Aldene, or Dene as she was known by her family and friends, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Aldene enjoyed the out-of-doors, especially gardening. She always had a garden that was almost the size of a city lot – and then she would often add a second smaller garden “just because” she had some leftover seeds or she wanted to try out a vegetable that she had never grown before. She was so successful with her gardening skills that we often said she could have feed the whole town of Lehigh! We swore she could take a dead stick, plant it and it would grow. She canned anything and everything that she could and would never throw anything away if she felt she could use it somehow or someway in the future. The cellar was always, and still is to this day, filled with canned fruits, vegetables, beef and chicken. When anyone dropped by the house, you could always expect her to ask you to sit down for a meal and in about thirty minutes she would have the table set and we would be ready to eat. You never left her table hungry. She always baked bread and zwiebach along with custard pies and made-from-scratch angel food cakes. Whenever she went to visit family or friends she always took something along to eat. She especially took enjoyment in raising chickens and having fresh eggs to eat and bake with. People often came to her to get her expertise in what kind of chickens to get and how to raise them. She loved to go out to Gayland’s farm and spend the day watching the wildlife that came to visit.
Aldene was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Aldene died at Harry Hynes Respite Care Unit, Wichita, Kansas. She was 88 years, 3 months and 14 days old. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Vivian McCleave; and, one niece, Beverly.
Surviving members of her family include a daughter, Rita Prieb (Steve) of McPherson, Kansas; a son, Gayland of Durham, Kansas; two grandchildren, Michael (Tamie) Prieb and Janiece Prieb of McPherson; one great-granddaughter, Gwenyth Prieb; nieces, Cheryl Judd and Connie McCleave; nephew, Kenneth McCleave; and many friends.
Aldene believed in honesty and fairness and had a strong work ethic. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her.