Gloucester — Martha Uhlar Brown, a longtime resident of Marblehead, passed away on January 5, 2014, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester, surrounded by her loving family and caring, compassionate staff.
Born on January 3, 1923, at home on the family farm in Pineland, Fla., she was one of eight children growing up during the Great Depression. She was a member of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who took care of business and were a selfless, hard-working, and patriotic group of citizens. She was the daughter of the late Mike and Katie (Smolley) Uhlar, and wife of the late Alden Marshall Brown.
A graduate of Fort Myers High School, Class of 1941, she went on to join the Women’s Army Corps in 1943, reaching the rank of Sergeant. Martha worked as a Tec 5 Surgical Technician, taking care of wounded soldiers stateside at Baxter General Hospital in Spokane, Wash. This experience gave her the desire to become a nurse after her service to her country. Martha was a graduate of Lynn Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1950. She worked in nursing for 43 years, retiring at the age of 69. She was a caring nurse, working at Mary A. Alley Hospital, Marblehead, Lynn Hospital and Union Hospital, Lynn.
Martha enjoyed gardening, fishing, bingo, and traveling. She was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Martha cherished the time spent with family, especially a very full house of family for joyous, raucous gatherings. She will be missed and remembered with great love.
She is survived by her daughters, Marsha and husband, Vito Militello, Eleanor and husband, Christopher Wilczek, and Sandra and husband, Geoffrey King; her grandchildren, Frank Militello and wife, Colleen, Richard Militello and partner, Kimberly Schell, David Militello, Katie Wilczek, Alison Wilczek, Martha Wilczek, Grace King, and Joseph King; her great-grandchildren, Isabella Militello and Francis Militello. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Eleanor E. Brown; and many nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by sisters Mary, Helen, Ann and Katie; and brothers John, Joe and Mike.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held on Friday, January 10, at 11 a.m., in the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm St., Marblehead. Burial will be in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Visiting hours are on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Please omit flowers. The family prefers donations in her memory be made to the American Stroke Assn., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For her guest book, please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.