Alice (Martenson) Will, age 98, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on April 12th, 2019

Will websiteAlice (Martenson) Will was born along with her twin sister Agnes on November 26, 1920 in Tampico Illinois.  Her parents were Swan and Anna Martenson.  She had three sisters (Edith, Agnes, and Mabel) and two brothers (Axel and John).

The family moved to Princeton Illinois where they had a family farm.  As a child, Alice attended school in a one room school house.  After elementary school, Alice attended Princeton Township High School and graduated on June 9, 1939.

Alice eventually left Princeton and moved to Chicago where she shared an apartment with two of her sisters.  Alice found work at the National Research Bureau and at the Brach’s candy company in Chicago.  While working at Brach’s as a secretary, she also appeared as a model in a print ad for the company.

Alice attended Grace Lutheran Church in Chicago, where she met a sailor serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  This sailor was Clair A. Will who would become her husband.  They were married December 31, 1946 and lived in Chicago.

After having her first two children (a son Karl and a daughter Alice), she and her husband moved to Lombard Illinois where they bought their own home in 1953.  In 1956 Alice had a third child, daughter Diane.

Alice was a founding member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, which began as a group of worshippers meeting for services at the Hammerschmidt Elementary School.  She would attend this church for the rest of her life.

A homemaker for many years, Alice devoted herself to taking care of her family.  When her children got older, however, she returned to the workforce as a U.S. postal clerk at the Lombard Post Office.

After retirement, Alice and her husband traveled around the United States.  On their 50 year wedding anniversary Alice and Clair were sent on a trip to Hawaii by their children.

Alice enjoyed sewing and was an accomplished seamstress, making clothing and décor for herself, her children, and her home.  She also loved flower gardening and planted many varieties and ornamental plants on the family property.

After her husband Clair passed away on November 9, 2000, Alice became more involved socially with the church.  She joined the Peace Circle women’s group and served as its treasurer for many years.

At the age of 98, Alice passed away on April 9, 2019 and is survived by her three children, son-in-law Steve Meyer and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with a Visitation from 10:00 AM until time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison St., Lombard. Interment Private.

Visit or call 888-629-0094 for information.



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