Martha ‘Marte’ Vanderberg

Martha Jean “Marte” Vanderberg, 84, Luverne, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Sanford  Luverne Hospital.

A funeral service was Monday, Feb. 5, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Martha Canton was born on Feb. 16, 1933, to James and Helen (Connell) Canton in East Liverpool, Ohio. She received her education in the East Liverpool public school system and graduated from high school in 1950. Upon graduation, Marte worked for East Ohio Supply until joining the United States Marine Corps in 1955. Marte went through boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina, and was transferred to the Marine Corps Supply Depot in San Francisco, California. While there, Marte met Jim Vanderberg, and they were married on June 30, 1956, in Reno, Nevada.

Upon Marte’s honorable discharge, the couple moved to rural Jasper, where they farmed and raised their three children, Joe, Al and Pat. In 1962 the family moved to Luverne where Marte continued to raise their children. Marte operated a day care until she became employed as a teacher’s aide in the Luverne Elementary School. She enjoyed the opportunity of shaping young people’s lives for the next 24 years. In 1990 she received the honor of “Friend of Education.” On July 13, 2017, Marte became a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

Marte was baptized and confirmed at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in East Liverpool. She joined the LCMS and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper. Marte currently was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. She was an avid reader and regularly attended the Rock County Library in Luverne. She enjoyed watching Cardinal sports for many years and even received the “Fan of the Year” award. She was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Marte loved the six winter vacations that she spent in Maui with Jim, a sister and friends. Her health limited her travel later in life, but she enjoyed many years having morning coffee at McDonald’s with the “girls.”

Marte is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Joe (Melinda) Vanderberg of Arlington, Texas, and Al (Carla) Vanderberg of Spencer, Iowa; a son-in-law, Steve Smedsrud of Luverne; a sister, Ruth Keys of East Liverpool; two brothers, Jack (Debora) Canton of Massillon, Ohio, and Bob Canton of Salem, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Brady Vanderberg, Casey Vanderberg, Zach Vanderberg, Caroline Vanderberg, Tony Smedsrud, Kynzie Smedsrud, and Chaz Smedsrud. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pat Smedsrud in 2016; her parents; a brother, Jim (Emma) Canton; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Keys.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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