MENTONE – Martha Ann VanGilder, 74, formerly of Mentone and Warsaw, passed at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

Martha was born on March 1, 1946, in Warsaw, to the late Dr. Donald and Barbara Gast VanGilder.

She was a 1964 graduate of Mentone High School. Martha then graduated from Indiana University with a degree in music and English in 1968. She had worked at the Kosciusko County Health Department. She had volunteered at the jail and as a tour guide for the Historical Society.

She had been a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Old Lacers Society of America, where she demonstrated her skills at various Revolutionary War Encampments in Warsaw as well as in Dearborn, Mich. She was known to wear a colonial costume of her own confection. Her greatest passion was making lace crosses.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Anisa Bradley, of Rochester; grandchildren, Mary Ann and husband Atiba Davis, Margo Riadi, Chris Crews, Donald Bradley and Floyd Bradley; great-grandchildren, Mia, Malia and Michaela; a sister, Donna Kay Pineda, of Kendallville; a niece, Karla; and grandniece, Jada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Karl and Mabel Gast; and paternal grandparents, Bert and Cora VanGilder.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday Jan. 18 at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Jeff Herron and Pastor Gail Law officiating. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

The family requests that everyone in attendance wear a mask.


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