Martha Weg

Martha Weg


April 19, 1934 - June 13, 2024


Martha Weg, 90, of Fort Wayne, IN, died Thursday, June 13, 2024, at The Village at Inverness in Fort Wayne. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday, June 22, at First Reformed Church in Mitchell with a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell.

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Martha Lenora (Van Soelen) Weg was born on April 19, 1934, to Marion and Hattie (Van Hal) Van Soelen on the family farm in Jasper County, IA. She grew up in Sully, IA, and graduated from Pella Christian High School in 1952. In 1955, she graduated from Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing in Des Moines, IA. After receiving her degree, Martha worked at Iowa Lutheran Hospital for two years, one year as a staff nurse and one year as a clinical instructor. She then moved to Grand Rapids, MI and worked for four years at Blodgett Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse and supervisor. It was here that she met her husband Alfred Weg on a blind date. They were married on December 29, 1961. Shortly after, they moved to Worthington, MN, where Martha worked as a staff nurse at the local hospital. Martha also worked at hospitals in Newton, IA, Platte, SD, and Mitchell, SD. Martha dearly loved being a nurse, always giving her best to care for her patients and their families during her 52-year nursing career. After retiring from nursing, Martha continued caring for others through her work with Home Instead Senior Care. The patients she cared for loved her and honored her as Caregiver of the Year in 2003. Even though she worked full time, Martha always made time to support her children, attending every school event with Al. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling together until Al’s death in 2008. In 2020, Martha moved to Fort Wayne, IN where she lived until her passing on June 13, 2024.

As a long-time member of the First Reformed Church of Mitchell, Martha was active in Hannah Circle and Crossroads Prison Ministries. She also made sure the coffee was ready for the congregation every Sunday morning. Martha was a member of the James Valley Community Center, volunteered to serve lunches at the Longfellow Summer Lunch program, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels. Visitors to Martha’s house never went hungry as she always had food ready to serve, including a pan of her top-secret brownies if you were lucky. At Christmas, everyone hoped to receive a special gift of Martha’s homemade fudge.

Martha is survived by her children: Marsha (John) Bormann of Ft. Wayne, IN, Alan (Tonya) Weg of Platte, SD, Alden (Kelley) Weg of Hütschenhausen, Germany, and Melissa (Mark) Van Holland of Excelsior, MN; twelve grandchildren: Christopher, Rebecca, Stephen, and Daniel Bormann, JoAnna (Russell) Clousing, Jessica (Casey) Brown, Tyler (Savannah) Weg, Nicholas (Ensley) Weg, Natalie and Olivia Weg, and Vanessa and Vivian Van Holland; two great-grandchildren: Linnea Clousing and Tatum Weg; four brothers: Pete Van Soelen, Marion Van Soelen, Frank (Karen) Van Soelen, and Bob (Marilyn) Van Soelen; one sister: Betty Nikkel; and one sister-in-law: Deloris (Al) Veltman.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband Al, her parents, her father and mother-in-law, three sisters (Jennie, Gertrude, and Henrietta), one brother (Case), five brothers-in-law, and five sisters-in-law.

Memorial donations may be made to Dakota Christian School -, Mitchell Christian School -, or Rehoboth Christian School -


Saturday, June 22, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
First Reformed Church
501 W 15th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:30 AM
First Reformed Church
501 W 15th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Wanda Ulmer on June 22, 2024
Martha was a dear friend to Dean and myself. We have lots of fun memories with her through the years we were in Mitchell at First. She loved us and we loved her.
My sympathy to the family as you will miss her.
Posted by Pat Leischner on June 20, 2024
I first knew Martha through her kids working at Eastman Drug. Then I had the privilege of working with her at Queen of Peace. She was such a Compassionate person and an excellent nurse. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Posted by Linda Schulte on June 19, 2024
As a brand new nurse starting at the Platte Hospital, Martha was there to guide me and encourage me. Throughout my nursing career I tried to emulate the kind of nursing care she gave. I am so grateful for having known her. And I always looked forward to her yearly holiday letter! My sympathy to all of you as you celebrate the beautiful life of this special lady!
Posted by JOLENE MEIS on June 17, 2024
I met Martha on only a few occasions. I was a friend of her daughter’s in college. It did not take long to feel welcomed in her home. Her kindness and caring were so obvious the minute you met her. I will always remember her fondly. She will be missed. I’m sure she rests in peace with God.
Posted by Dennis & Cheryl Kunkel on June 17, 2024
We met Martha 1998 I worked with the Elderly & one lady we cared for many days & nites at this lady’s home then we had the honor of meeting up again she rent one of our duplexes in Mitchell on West 16 th. She was a gem then she moved away to be with her children. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all . She will be missed by many.
Posted by Linda Albertz on June 17, 2024
I worked with Martha at Queen of Peace, a great nurse and person.
Posted by Darlene Summers on June 17, 2024
I grew up with Martha as a cousin and friend. She was a wonderful kid. I haven't had much contact with her since going our own ways but remember her as a loving person.
Posted by Sr.Marita Pfau on June 16, 2024
Martha was a special menter to me as I worked night duty with her for years by her example of compassion, care and faith. My prayers and sympathy to the family.
Posted by Bob and Pat Kaptein on June 16, 2024
We are so grateful that our daughter, Kelley, was blessed with such a loving, christian mother- in- law.
Posted by Pat Sudbeck on June 16, 2024
Martha was a great nurse to her patients and ministered to the Avera staff she worked with. I always took her advice as she knew the best way to handle anything ! May you rest with the angels in Heaven, Martha
Posted by Lorna Sonne on June 15, 2024
I got to know Martha during the summer lunch program many years ago at the old Longfellow school. Her and Al volunteered through the RSVP Senior Center. Martha was such a a wonderful pleasant lady. Rest in Peace Martha. Sympathies to her family.
Posted by Joy Schley on June 15, 2024
Enjoyed working with Martha at Queen of Peace. Kept us on our toes!
Posted by Evalou Ligtenberg on June 15, 2024
Martha was a very nice lady. To the family , my prayers and sympathy.
Posted by Kim Wick on June 15, 2024
Thinking of her family during this time. Her husband was my favorite teacher. She was such a sweet and caring lady. I always looked forward to running into her and she genuinely cared. I remember seeing her at the school auctions. Always had a beautiful smile on her face and friendly.
Posted by Marion Van Soelen on June 15, 2024
I am Martha's brother. Martha was number 5 in a family of 10 children. I am number 7. She was therefore my mentor in many ways. When she was a wonderful nurse in Grand Rapids, MI, I was in college there and probably used her car more than she. She was most generous and fulfilled God's calling in her life with grace and integrity. My sympathy to her family and friends as they grieve and celebrate Martha's life.
Posted by Jody Niewenhuis on June 15, 2024
Martha taught me so much about nursing and also about hanging a strong faith as we worked together at the Platte hospital. She was a very special person and friend! Sending her family my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Donna Appletoft on June 14, 2024
I have so many fond memories of visits with Martha at church each Sunday. My prayers and sympathy to the familly
Posted by Pam Hegg on June 14, 2024
Sympathy to the whole family! She was a special lady
Posted by Colleen Jaeger on June 14, 2024
Martha was the best neighbor in Platte. She was also our neighborhood nurse. Always there to try and help. Missed her so much when she moved to Mitchell. Enjoyed her children also. Sympanies to all of you.
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on June 14, 2024
Martha was our neighbor on West 16th. We sure enjoyed her and was sad when she moved. My sympathy.
Posted by Carol Radel on June 14, 2024
I certainly enjoyed working with Martha at the hospital. She and Al were such good friends and really good people.
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