Martin Hannemann

March 14, 1938 ~ April 28, 2020 (age 82)


There will be a memorial gathering for Martin and Shirley Hannemann on Saturday, July 17 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (600 Stevens Dr, Wausau, WI 54401).  Guests are welcome to arrive at 11:00 AM and celebrate Martin and Shirley’s lives with the family.


Martin Hannemann, 82, of Rib Mountain passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born March 14th, 1938 in the town of Maine to the late Herbert and Dorothea (Schult) Hannemann. Martin grew up on the family farm where he learned the meaning of hard work and responsibility, which served him well throughout his life.

Martin attended Valley View School and on to Wausau Senior High School, graduating in 1956. He began a pattern making apprenticeship at Murray Machinery. Martin served in the U. S. Army Reserves and attended basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

On October 28th, 1961 Martin married Shirley Oelke at Trinity Lutheran Church in the town of Stettin. Martin continued working as a pattern maker for Murray Machinery and later as a machinist with Wire Maid.

Martin volunteered for many community organizations. With his school aged boys, he was an active volunteer in their scouting experiences. He was involved at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, singing in the choir and helping with Orphan Grain Train. Martin sang with the River Valley Harmonizers and was always excited for their annual show at the Grand Theater.

Martin was a talented fabricator who enjoyed a challenge and completed tasks with an eye for precision and craftsmanship. You could always find him working on projects around the house and for other people. Martin and Shirley enjoyed going up north, relaxing, and spending time on the pontoon.

Survivors include three sons Karl (Diane) of Ft. Atkinson, Paul (Jennifer) of Green Bay, Eric (Desiree) of Plattsburgh, NY, two grandchildren, Natalie and Mason, two brothers, Gerhard (Sally) of Merrill, Lester (Junice) of Appleton and two sisters, Joyce Hannemann of Green Bay and Bernice (Bob) Porath of Wausau. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, and sister, Lucille Fox.

Martin's service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  Reverend Eric Hauan officiated.  Burial took place in Maple Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at

At this time, due to COVID, no additional services are planned

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or the choral program for Wausau School District.

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Memorial Gathering
July 17, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Mark Lutheran Church, Stevens Drive, Wausau

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