St. Marys—Jana C. Martin, 78, passed away from terminal brain cancer on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at her daughter’s home in St. Marys.
She was born on December 23, 1942, in Richmond, CA., the daughter of Robert and Dorothy Bissell Gutsche. She was raised in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma City. She attended and graduated from St. Scholastica Academy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Jana attended Wichita State University. Jana was a secretary and office administrator.
Jana was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Robert A. Martin, and an infant daughter, Dorothy Helen Martin.
Survivors include three daughters, Stephanie (Timothy) Pedry, St. Marys, Jennifer Martin, Edmond, OK., and Mary (Troy) Brown, Parsons; her sister, Karen (Michael) Flaherty, Smithville, TN., eight grandchildren, Whitney Brown, Brett Hagan, Allison Bobert, Luke Pedry, Claire Pedry, Alex Pedry, Eric Pedry and Matthew Pedry; two great-grandchildren, Adrian Brown and Blaise Brown.
Jana will lie in state on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 3:30-4:30 P.M. at Piper Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Monday, April 5, 2021 at the church. Requiem Mass will be Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. at Assumption Chapel followed by interment in Our Lady Of Peace Cemetery St. Marys.
In lieu of flowers, Jana would appreciate donations to LaSalette Boys Academy, 5065 Olivet Rd., Georgetown, IL. 61846. Attn: Jana Martin Memorial, www.lasalette.net. Memo: Jana Martin Memorial.