RUDYARD - Lillian (Sanvik) DeMartin, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at the nursing home in Chester.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rudyard. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Highland Cemetery in Havre.
Lillian was born Aug. 11, 1917, on the family homestead 21 miles north of Gildford to Ole and Lena (Berge) Sanvik. In 1928, the Sanviks moved to Rudyard, where Lillian graduated from high school.
She married Howard DeMartin on June 29, 1935. They lived on a farm six miles north of Rudyard for 38 years, where Lillian worked as a farm wife, homemaker and mother of four. The DeMartins moved into Rudyard in 1973. After 46 years of marriage, Howard died in November of 1981. Lillian remained at home in Rudyard until January of 2002, when she moved to the Wheat Country Estates Assisted Living Facility in Chester. After being diagnosed with cancer, she transferred to the Liberty County Nursing Home for extended care in November.
Lillian was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School for 23 years, served on the church council and was active in the church circles and ladies' organizations. Lillian was also an active member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and was recognized in 1970 with a special award as Group 2's President of the Year. She wrote “Rudyard News” articles for the Liberty County Times for many years.
Lillian's hobbies were crafts and ceramics. In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling in the Hi-Line leagues. She was an excellent cook and made delicious pies. In her quiet time at home, Lillian enjoyed watching television, especially the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, her favorite soap operas and selected sporting events.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Jerry DeMartin; daughter, Janice Hanson; one grandson; one granddaughter; four brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include her sons, Joe (Betty) DeMartin of Rudyard and Rick (Barbara) DeMartin of Toston; son-in-law, Charles Hanson of Roswell, N.M.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Memorials can be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or donor's choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester.