Martha "Marti" Gilman Renzi of Zionsville, Indiana passed away peacefully on June 10, 2017 at 88 years of age. She was born December 23, 1928 to Hellaine Arathusa and Samuel Vincent Gilman in Orange, New Jersey. She grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and attended the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she graduated with a degree in biology. She went on to obtain a Masters of Science in biology at Syracuse University, and also met her future husband, Alfred Renzi there. Upon graduating, she went to work as a research scientist for Ciba Pharmaceuticals.
She married Alfred Renzi September 4, 1954, and continued to work for CIBA. When Alfred was drafted, she moved with him to Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and worked in the lab at the School of Aviation Medicine from 1955-1958. They returned to New Jersey, where her husband continued to work for Ciba and she was very busy raising five children. A devout Catholic, she became an active member of the Legion of Mary.
In 1967 Alfred took a job with the Dow Chemical Company and the family moved to Indianapolis. Marti had a deep and beautiful faith in God, which she shared with her family and everyone around her. She served as a Eucharistic minister and catechism teacher in Indianapolis. In 1971 the family moved to Midland Michigan where Marti became a Director of Religious Education at St. Brigid Catholic Church. Marti and Al eventually returned to Indiana, moving to Zionsville.
Marti gave back to others through her community service. She volunteered as a Eucharistic minister at St. Vincent Hospital for 23 years. She was a past president of the Zionsville Women’s Club, and member of the Village Arts Club, the Sullivan Museum Guild, and Zionsville Historical Society. She also belonged to the D.A.R, the Mayflower Society and the Indianapolis Women’s Department Club. She was also an active member of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church where she was a member of the Parish Council, Eucharistic minister, choir, and ran and taught the high school religious education program for many years.
Marti’s life was enriched by her marriage to Alfred. They were happily married for 59 years, were blessed with 5 children, and created a family full of faith, love, and laughter. Marti is survived by her children Linda Renzi Schueler, David(Nanette) Renzi, Richard (Julie) Renzi, Stephen (Tammy) Renzi, Maura Renzi, and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Flanner and Buchanan- Zionsville
Monday June 19th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
105 W. Pine Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church
Tuesday June 20th, 2017
1870 W. Oak Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Deepest sympathies to the Renzi family. Jim and I felt blessed to know both Marty and Al during Jim's years at Dow. May God's blessings give you comfort and peace.
Submitted by Sharon McCarthy on Jun 19 2017 05:11:33 PM
My heartfelt sympathies to the Renzi Family.on their loss. Many people accompany each of us on our "Journey of Life". Some come and go and we are never aware of their presence and others leave an everlasting mark. Martha is that person for me. Rest In Peace my dear friend
Submitted by Rosemarie Laraway on Jun 14 2017 06:22:00 PM
Rosemarie Laraway lit a candle for Martha G. Renzi
Rosemarie Laraway lit a candle on Jun 14 2017 06:20:39 PM
What a beautiful lady inside and out! Blessed to have your family as neighbors for a long time! She was always thoughtful, loving and caring. Her smile says it all! Loving thoughts and prayers to you all. The Forrys
Submitted by Sue Forry on Jun 14 2017 11:40:45 AM
We pray God bless you as a family with His comfort, peace and joy at this difficult time. The Strycker's (Stan and Pat, Doug, Connie, Dave, and Steve) have such wonderful memories of our interactions together over the years. May God surround you all with His comfort and peace which only He can provide during this difficult time. We send our love to you
Submitted by The Strycker Family on Jun 14 2017 08:53:03 AM
May God richly bless the Renzi family and quickly return their joy and peace. That is His promise and He is quick to perform His Word. May Mrs. Renzi rest in the arms of our Father eternally and learn of Him.
Submitted by Danny and Margaret Phillips on Jun 13 2017 11:25:01 AM
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one's life.
My Warmest Regards,
Bruce W. Buchanan
4th Generation Owner
Submitted by Bruce W. Buchanan on Jun 12 2017 06:02:40 PM
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