Martha Jean ‘Marcie’ Clester

Services for Martha “Marcie” Jean Clester, 93, will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS. Burial will take place at 2:15 pm in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS.

She died Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Lawrence, KS.

Martha was born April 14, 1928 in Deerfield, KS – the daughter of Carl and Stella (Hutton) Marquardt. She graduated from St. John’s Academy in Winfield, KS in 1946. She attended Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and became a Medical Technologist.

Martha worked as a Medical Technologist at Snyder Clinic in Winfield, KS and at Cotton O’Neil/Stormont Vail in Topeka, KS. She worked until she was 84, after returning to work from retirement.

Martha married Robert R. Clester on May 30, 1948 in Winfield, KS. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Schwyhart, Lawrence, KS; one brother, Richard Marquardt, Hugoton, KS; three granddaughters, Heather Lambert, Cari Simons, and Katie Newell, Lawrence, KS; and five great-grandchildren, Peyton, Logan, Lukas, Lilly, and Emma, Lawrence, KS.

Martha enjoyed dancing, traveling, gardening, and KU Basketball. She is perhaps most well known for her ability to host and entertain, whether it be a holiday party or an apple-picking gathering in their orchard.

Memorial donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.