Service Update: There will be a Celebration of Life for Anna-Mari at 6:30 PM on September 12, at Jordan Lutheran Cemetery, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield, with the Rev. Dody S. Siegfried officiating.
Dr. Pepper stocks took a devastating loss after the death of Anna-Mari N. Martz, age 40, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. She suffered a grievous brain injury resulting from a brain hemorrhage secondary to Moyamoya disease. Her entire family is grateful that they were able to be there with her as she passed away, surrounding her with their love.
Simply put, Anna was unforgettable. She was such a pure of heart person, giving so generously of her time and her talents – except when having to wash the dishes. She was THE biggest kid at heart and because of this she had an incredible natural connection with children. She took such pride in being able to help care for her niece and nephews and to babysit for the children of her friends. If Anna was taking care of your kids, you knew she was coming FULLY stocked with a bag (sometimes two) of activities, crafts, books, toys, snacks – you name it! And if it was summer time, everyone knew exactly where to find our kid at heart – Kaybrook pool. If she could’ve been there from open to close, she would’ve been – all while enjoying some popcorn and snow cones, especially on Friday Raft Nights!
Whatever Anna became involved with, you had better believe that she gave it her all. She proudly worked at the Burger King in Orefield, which is operated by the kind Barto family. This spring she was going to be recognized for her 15 years of employment and was so saddened that their annual banquet was postponed because of covid-19. She was a longtime member of Jordan Lutheran Evangelical Church in Orefield, where to say she was active is an understatement. At Jordan, she taught Sunday School for almost 20 years, helped with Vacation Bible School, volunteered in the Church Office, helped on the Safety team, with Family Promise, and helped fill the sanctuary with beautiful music as part of Jordan’s amazing choir. Anywhere that help was needed, Anna was ready to step up – except for those darn dishes! She was so proud to be able to share her Swedish heritage every December by singing a solo of Sankta Lucia, accompanied on piano by her mother. Anna was a member of God’s Rainbow and was in Girl Scout’s for 12 years, earning her Silver Award. She was very active in fundraising for the March of Dimes walk in the Lehigh Valley in honor of children she knew and loved from PA to TX. She was a force to be reckoned with having raised more than $15,000 over a period of several years.
Anna connected countries and her home away from home was Sweden, her mother’s birth country. She loved to travel and when she met up with her Swedish family and friends, it was like no time had passed at all. Growing up, she spent summers with her family living in the High Coast region of Nordingrå. One of her favorite places to be was out on the rocky beaches and cliffs of Rotsidan, enjoying “fika” of cinnamon rolls and homemade currant juice. Her dislike of doing dishes was international…
She is the beloved youngest daughter of Ulla H. M. (Grimell) Martz and the late Dr. Mark N. Martz. She lived with her mother in Orefield along with her oldest sister Ingrid and family.
In addition to her mother, Anna is survived by her brother Erik and his wife Andrea with sons R.J. and Ryan of Bloomington, MN; her sister Ingrid L. Martz and husband Matthew Shelton with daughter Gracie and son Sawyer of Orefield; and sister Sarah Fox with husband Allen and sons Charlie and Oliver, of Dallas, TX. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins in America and Sweden.
Services: As Anna was a big fan of enjoying things to the fullest, a celebration of her life will be announced at a later date so that all of her family and friends can come together and celebrate our girl. Dr. Pepper will flow and disposable dishes will be used in her honor.
Arrangements by Keller Funeral Home, Fogelsville. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.KellerFuneralHomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Food Pantry at Jordan Lutheran Evangelical Church, Parkland CARES food pantry, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, or the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust care of Moyamoya research.
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