Martha G. Renzi



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.