Oct 24, 2056 – Jan 07, 2009
Martha Jane Sjostrom, of Louisa, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at her home.
She was born in Waynesboro, VA, on October 24, 1956, and grew up in the New Hope Community.
She is pre-deceased by her parents: John S. Sjostrom & Nancy Harris Sjostrom
Martha was an active participant in the Louisa USTA Tennis League; she has been employed by Carpenter Co. in Louisa, for over 25 years, an avid walker and gardner; and had a beloved cat Woody”. She attended Monument Heights Baptist Church.
She received her BBA & MBA from James Madison University.
Survivors include her sister: Mary Williams and husband Jeff of Harrisonburg; one brother: John Sjostrom and wife Bonnie of Glen Allen; two nieces: Carey Williams of Harrisonburg; Julie Sjostrom of Glen Allen; one nephew: Everett Sjostrom of Glen Allen; dear family friend Millicent “Dee” Barrett of Louisa.
A graveside service will be held 3:00 P.M. Saturday January 10 2009 at Elk Creek Baptist Church Cemetery 5616 Kentucky Springs Road Mineral VA 23117 The Rev. Dr. Denny Burnette will officiate.
A memorial service will be held 7:00 P.M. Saturday January 10 2009 at Monument Heights Baptist Church 5716 Monument Avenue Louisa VA 23226 Dr. Randy C. Clipp will officiate.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to: American Diabetes Association 2800 Parham Road Louisa VA 23201.
Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to all of Marthaâ??s family and friends.I had the great pleasure of playing tennis with Martha many times in USTA matches, practice and just for fun. In fact, she was actually the first person I ever played a mixed doubles match with in USTA tennis. As all of her teammates and tennis friends know, she was wonderful to be partnered with and I always looked forward to the times we would get to play together. She absolutely loved the game of tennis and made it so enjoyable for others. After matches, we often e-mailed into the evening and the next day analyzing all of our great shots and of course many of our blunders. I always got a great kick out of her wearing her â??step counterâ? when we played and she would tell me just how many steps she had taken during a match or practice – sometimes she would let me try to guess first. All of this in addition to her long walks. She was always up for a re-match with Judy and Doug too and we all had quite a bit of fun with that over the last few years. Most importantly, she was a great partner and friend to so many on and off the court and a truly wonderful, kind and caring person who is loved and dearly missed.
Martha Jane you will be missed. You have gone to a beautiful place to be with your Mom Aunt Nancy, your Dad Uncle John and God. There will be an extra beautiful star in our sky tonight shinning very bright like you.
Martha, Its been some years since I saw you last, but you were truly one of the nicest persons I ever met. I`m glad we crossed paths on our journey through life. God Bless.Love, Brad
Dear Mary,At this time of deep grief you will be in my thoughts and prayers.Chantal
My thoughts and prayers go out to Martha`s family. It was always a pleasure in working with Martha. The smile in her voice could always be felt. You will be missed by all.
Murf,I just want you to know that I am thinking about you during this difficult time. May God bless you with comfort only He can give.
Dear Mary,I assume you are the same Mary that I was friends with at Fort Defiance. I am so sorry to hear of your sister`s death. I did not know her but, I know this must be a hard loss for you. My deepest sympathy. Donna [email protected]
My prayers go out to Martha`s family and friends. Martha was always a pleasure to work with and be around. She was a very giving person who would do anything for people. She will be missed by many.
My deepest sympathies to all of Martha`s family and friends. Martha was a valued colleague and we will miss her outgoing personality and loyalty to her fellow employees.
Martha was my best friend in the last few years. She stood by me through difficult times and good times, always patient, kind, thoughtful and generous. My life has been forever blessed by knowing Martha. I will miss her, dearly.God, with loving gratitude for knowing your child, Martha, please take her into Your loving arms and into Your kingdom to share in the presence of Your glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Thinking of you and your family praying that GOD will give you a day filled with comfort and special blessing. The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:24-25This is a great loss and she will be so missed.
I remember Martha fondly from working with her at Carpenter Co. She was always positive, always focused and dedicated. She gave of herself beyond what anyone would even begin to say was sacrificial. I can not imagine that 100 people would be able to do all of the things Martha did for the people around her.She set an example…she will be remembered…she will be missed…she was loved.
My sincere sympathy is sent to Martha`s family and friends. Martha is a special person who had a talent for smiling and making others feel uplifted. She quietly worked in conducting business in an efficient and professional manner. She made a difference in a work environment and to those around her.
My prayers and thoughts to Martha`s family and friends. Martha was always a pleasure to work with and talk too. She was a very nice and sincere person who would do anything for people she worked with. She will be missed by me and the whole Carpenter Dallas Branch.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Sjostrom family! I always enjoyed seeing Martha as she was a very caring and loving person that always made one feel comfortable talking to her.
I am sorry for your loss. Martha will be truly missed. She was a wonderful co-worker and friend.God bless,Alice
Martha Jane~ my cousin and friend. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with you. . .building card houses, picking honeysuckle growing along the dirt road to he farm ” sitting on the dock and feeding the fish drinking Diet Pepsi playing cards singing hymns and so many others. You were my buddy at the lake and I`m grateful to have so many memories of time spent with you. I will treasure our time together and take comfort in knowing you are with Aunt Nancy and your dad; and that you are filled with peace and happiness. Please give Granny a great big hug for me! We`ll miss you and love you always.”
I feel very blessed that Martha was my fiend. Her love of life and her her fiends were so important to her.We will truly miss her.
My sympathies to Martha`s family. I worked closed to Martha for the last 4 years. She was a very nice person and i was bless that i had the opportunity to learns so much from her. i will truly miss her.
Martha`s family and friends,I met Martha a few years ago through my best friend Kathy who also worked with Martha and shared many wonderful walks and marathons with her. She was a lovely person and my heartfelt sympathies to all that will miss her. God Bless Martha, her family and friends.
Mary Erma and Jay,Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow. My thoughts, prayers and fond memories, memories that will live on forever, are with you.
Martha was SUCH fun. We played tennis regularly on Sat. mornings at U.of R. with a mixed doubles group. She was my very favorite opponent. We had wonderfully competitive matches – didn`t want to stop playing! I told her she was the `energizer bunny` because I would be exhausted after our match and she would be scheduled to play in the afternoon with USTA.Gosh, I am going to miss her!Faye
Martha Jane was not only a cousin; she was one of the kindest, warmest people I have ever known.I can think of no child that ever met her that didnâ??t love her, she always made sure to include even the shyest and smallest ones, there were no â??bench warmersâ? if Martha Jane was around.Her patience and resolution are evident in…well Me, the fact she, is one of the people that taught me to ride a bike and took the time to sit on the stairs of the Big House to teach me to whistle. Part of her will always be with me.
I will forever aspire to be more like Martha – always kind, thoughtful, patient. She was taken from us all too soon and will leave a gap that will be hard to fill. It will be hard to pick up my racquet without thinking of her and wishing she could be on the other side of the net.
Dear Mary Erma, Jay, and your familes,My deepest sympathies come your way. I so well remember all those great times in Girl Scouts and how much fun we all had together. Your backyard in New Hope was so often our campground. How sweet it was to go on camping and biking trips, sell GS cookies, learn to cook at VEPCO and over campfires, work on our badges, and enjoy all those fun times. I`ll never forget all of that and the delight we had on Lake Anna.Martha Jane was a lovely part of those experiences and it sounds like she continued to be a lovely part of the lives surrounding her. Even though it has been 13 years since I`d seen her I still feel your loss and want you to know I care.Mom keeps us updated with info from you. Thank you for keeping in touch with her. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Murph and Jay,Marhta Jane will live in all of us. As we have our memories of all the good times. Like staying at the farm Lake Anna and having the girls dorm and the boys dorm. Funny how close you get when in a dorm room. Remember. We all know that she is walking in heaven with her Mom and Dad and her aunts, uncles and cousins that have saved a place for her. She will be missed by all. Love, Mary Virginia and Stan
Martha Jane, you will be missed. And Mom Margaret Ann will have another caring family member to laugh with. With my deepest sympathy. Love,Megan, Terry & Savannah Grace Pence
Sorry for your loss. Martha was a wonderful to work with here at Carpenter. She was a very giving person. I got a plant from her not too long ago and my daughter vowed to take of it for Martha. Grace and Peace,Rom
My deespest sympathies to Martha`s family. She was a very nice person, and I`m glad that I was given the opportunity to know her. God Bless.
Words cannot express the loss all of us feel at Martha`s passing. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. Only Heaven knows how many people she has touched in her life and we are all richer for having known her.
Mary and John–I am saddened to learn of Martha`s passing. I hired Martha at Crompton Company in Waynesboro upon her graduation from JMU and I have fond memories of our several years working together before she left for Louisa. Martha was always the consummate professional and gained immediate respect from all who worked with her. Heaven is today a better place because of Martha`s presence and you were both blessed by God to have her as a sister. May God comfort you at this time.
We were so sorry to learn of Martha J. passing and want to express our deep sympathy. Your Mother, Father and all of you were such special friends of our family. We remember with pleasure our time with you at Lake Anna, in New Hope & the library.Martha had so many gifts. While we have not seen her for some years, she will always have a special place in our hearts and memory. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Nellie and Mark Flora
I was sorry to hear of Martha`s passing, she truly was a special lady. GOD bless you with HIS comfort, love and peace.
So sorry about Martha. We graduated from Fort together and she will be missed.God bless you all.Dale
Mary Erma and Jay, What a shock to hear of Martha Jane`s passing. I think of your family often and remember all the good times we had together. Your family has always and will continue to be truly special to me and my family. My parents and my sister Judy send their condolences also.I will be thinking of you. Mary Nelson Williams
Martha was a great lady. I had the good fortune to play mixed doubles with her on several occasions. She had the greatest attitude towards the game and I guess she would have had the same in her life. I learned a lot from being her partner. By the way, we never lost to anyone.My greatest condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.** God!! You are lucky. You have found a good partner to play tennis with. Keep her happy. **
I first got to know Martha in the spring of 2007. I had just gotten home from the hospital after bypass surgery, when she emailed me to introduce herself and to offer her help and support. We had never met but had played tennis with many of the same folks for years. She said that she had heard about me, and was eager to share that she had the same operation a few years earlier. She knew exactly how down I was feeling. A couple of weeks earlier I had thought I was 100% healthy, but now what? Was I ever going to get back to playing tennis and having a normal life again? Well, Martha`s words and her example made a huge difference in my outlook. But she wasn`t done yet. When I was finally cleared to begin light hitting” on the court Martha stepped up again. She said she knew it was awkward to ask folks to come out and play when it was only half-speed. So she made herself available to hit with me – in between all her many matches – throughout the time until I could go full-speed again. Thanks again Martha. I`ll never forget you.”
Mary Emma and Jay,I am so sorry to hear about Martha Jane. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. When I go through New Hope and pass your parents house I wonder about you all. Time as surely flown by. Maybe sometime we can catch up. Take care. Elizabeth
Murf and Jeff, I read of your sister Martha in the Waynesboro paper and although I did not personally know Martha, from reading the questbook she sounded like a wonderful woman. I think of you and our wonderful adventure at Emory and Henry and please know you are in my prayers. Dawn
It is with great sorry that I have belatedly learned of the death of Martha, my senior prom date in the Spring of 1975, at Fort Defiance High School. She was a delightful, warm, caring friend. And her family was most gracious to me, welcoming me to the farm twice that summer. Very special memories of a very special woman: Martha.