Martha Streiff, mother of Harmony woman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:09 AM
Martha Irene Streiff, 95, of Berne (West Concord), died Friday, April 12, 2013, at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island.
She was born Dec. 20, 1917, on the Karlen family farm in Roscoe Township, Goodhue County, to John and Amelia (Kessler) Karlen. She graduated from Pine Island High School.
She married Leon Streiff on Sept. 22, 1939, on her parent's home farm. The couple farmed in the Berne area all their married life. Her husband died July 28, 1985.
She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ, attended adult Sunday school and was active in Circle and Berne Swissfest. She participated in Berne Mothers' Club.
She enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, gardening and reading. She also enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
She is survived by her sons, Stanley (Jenifer Wilson) Streiff of West Concord, and Stuart (Kathryn) Streiff of Owatonna; daughter, Sharon (Richard) Bishop of Harmony; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; infant daughter; parents; and 12 siblings.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 18, at Zwingli United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Victor Jortack officiating. Burial was in the Berne Cemetery.
Mahn Family Funeral Home - Mahler Chapel in Pine Island handled the arrangements.