Alfreda Martin

Visitation for Alfreda Martin, 83, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. She will be cremated.

Mrs. Martin died Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Brandon Woods.

She was born August 2, 1932, one of 11 children. She was a survivor of a World War II Polish concentration camp. In her lifetime, she also survived cancer twice, and a severe head injury from a car accident.

Alfreda married Hermann Martin, on November 30, 1957, in Ippinghausen, Germany. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2009. In 1958, they moved to Dunkirk, NY. In later years, they moved to New York City, Smithville, MO, Olathe, KS and finally to Lawrence, KS. She was a homemaker.

In 1970, she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her husband, Hermann, joined her in worshiping Jehovah several years later. She was a faithful member of the Southern Hills congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Dease-Smith, of Bronx, NY, a son, Herbert Martin, of Leander, TX, a daughter, Heidi Lewis, of Lawrence, KS, a sister, Helena Liedtke, of Germany, a brother, August Blok, of Germany, a brother, Robert Blok, of Poland, and 5 grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, sent in care of the funeral home.