Martha D. Vonderohe, 97, formerly of New Albin, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Thornton Manor, Lansing, Iowa.

She was born Dec. 18, 1914, in Iowa City Township, Allamakee County, to Herman and Anna (Fruechte) Burmester. At the age of three months, her family moved to Houston County, Caledonia area.

Martha was baptized at St. John's United Church of Christ, (Wheatland Church), rural New Albin, Iowa, and confirmed at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Eitzen.

On May 5, 1937, she was united in marriage to Albert Vonderohe. Together they farmed on the Vonderohe homestead until 1969, when they moved to New Albin. On Nov. 8, 2000, Albert preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, (Wheatland Church), where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and taking part in the women's fellowship.

Martha, along with a few others, helped start the senior citizen's meal site at the New Albin Town House. In addition, she has volunteered at Thornton Manor in Lansing and Makee Manor in Waukon, Iowa, for over 25 years.

Martha enjoyed gardening, refinishing furniture, crocheting, and making crafts for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Most of all, Martha enjoyed genealogy, organizing family history and translating German wording on many old family certificates.

Survivors include a son, Rolland (Sue) Vonderohe of Roseville, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Vonderohe of Waukon, Iowa; four grandchildren, David (Donna) Vonderohe of Appleton, Wis., Holly Vonderohe of Bethany, Okla., Luke (Sarah) Vonderohe of Roseville, Calif., and Mark Vonderohe of Des Moines, Iowa; four great-grandchildren, Matthew (Joanna) and Joshua Vonderohe, both of Rockford, Ill., and Josiah and Benjamin Vonderohe, both of Roseville, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Hazel Burmester of Caledonia; and a brother-in-law, Norman Storlie of Spring Grove.

In addition to her husband, Martha was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roger; a granddaughter, Christine; a sister, Alma Storlie; and a brother, Walter Burmester.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. John's United Church of Christ, (Wheatland Church), rural New Albin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at