Martha Virginia Anna Trapp (Trapp) Arnold

Born: Sat., Feb. 25, 1922
Died: Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

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Martha T. Arnold

February 25, 1922 – December 22, 2012

Martha Virginia Anna Trapp Arnold, age 90, died on Saturday, December 22 at Emeritus at Arborwood Assisted Living in Granger, Indiana. She was born on February 25, 1922 to Edward and Martha Rose Trapp in Chicago, Illinois, the 7th of 12 children, and was known by the nickname of “Dot” among her large family. She grew up in Buchanan, Michigan and graduated from Buchanan High School in 1939. She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on April 30, 1943 and served as a staff sergeant in the Central Recruiting Division, DHRS, Chicago, Illinois during World War II. While stationed in Chicago, she met Walter A. Arnold, corporal, United States Marine Corps, on his way home from the Pacific Theater of War. They were married on June 24, 1944 and were both discharged from the Marine Corps in 1945. During their marriage, they lived in Oneida, New York, Buchanan and South Bend until Walt’s retirement in 1985, when they moved back to his hometown of Oneida. Walt preceded her in death on June 2, 1993 and Dot then moved back to Mishawaka in 1995. Although Dot and Walt didn’t have children, they had many furry babies over the years – Great Danes, English setters and finally cats. They were also a favorite aunt and uncle to many nieces and nephews and the Trapp family was a very important part of their lives.

Preceding Martha in death were her parents, sisters Edith Liska and Edwina Taker, and brothers, Frank, Edwin, Arthur, Marne, William and Earl Trapp. She is survived by her sister, Shirley McClellan of Satellite Beach, Florida, brothers, Richard (Janet) Trapp of Marshall, Michigan and Charles Trapp Sr. of Oakland Park, Florida and by many nieces and nephews.

From 1952 to 1965, she was a member of the Sylvia Chapter #74 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Buchanan, Michigan, of which she was the Worthy Matron in 1959. She was a member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church and had previously been a member of Four Lakes Country Club, Elks Lodge No. 235 and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where she volunteered for many years. She was most proud of having served her country in the United States Marine Corps and always reminded everyone that she wasn’t a “former Marine” because once you became a Marine, you were always a Marine. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012 in Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances Street, South Bend, with Barbara Wirt officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at church.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545, National Wildlife Foundation, 1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005 or Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances Street, South Bend, IN 46617. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Martha's memory to the following organizations:

American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Northwest Indiana Office
130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St. South Bend, IN, 46617

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Kent and Edna Kaeppler
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
We have many fond memories of Walt and Marty. The time with the South Bend
Supply Group, the trips to Oneida and shopping with Marty while the guys played golf. She was a very caring person.
We are sorry we cannot be there to express out sympathy in person but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace Marty.
Kent and Edna Kaeppler

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