Remembering Dr. Martha Jo Guenin, (Marti)

Martha Jo Guenin, (Marti), of Flushing, MI, age 67, died Friday, January 9, 2009 at Nathan's Place, Swartz Creek, MI. She was born September 19, 1941, the third daughter born on the family farm near Jalapa, IN to Joseph W. and Grace M. (Kammer) Guenin.

Martha graduated from Sweetser High School in 1959 and furthered her education with a BS and MS from Indiana University. She received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan; a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Masters as an Educational Specialist from Wayne State University.

Martha worked with emotionally disturbed children in Norristown, PA, Elkins Park, PA, and Ann Arbor, MI from 1965-1970. She was employed at Eastern Michigan University from 1970-1985 in the Special Education Department. Martha retired in 2003 from the University of Michigan-Flint in Administration where she was Assistant to the Provost from 1986-2003.

Martha was a member of Court Street United Methodist Church, Indiana Pioneers, General Francis Marion Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Indiana University and University of Michigan Alumni Associations, and Crossover Outreach Ministries. She also was very involved with Heifer International and several spiritual groups. She had done extensive genealogy family research and was an avid Michigan Wolverine fan.

She is survived by: a sister, Sue Suever of Marion, IN; and 5 nieces and nephews, Kimberley Frederick of Indianapolis, Anne Hanch of South Barrington, IL, Karen (Michael) Strawser of Wolcottville, IN, Scott (Shannon) Suever and Christopher Frederick, all of Upland, IN and a god daughter, Dia Martin of Ann Arbor, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Ann Frederick; and two brother-in-laws, Jack Frederick and Wayne Suever. There will be a graveside service at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in LaFontaine, IN at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


Published in the Flint Journal 1/11/2009