Martha L. Wisniewski, woman of deep faith

April 18, 2014
Martha L. Wisniewski

Martha L. Wisniewski (nee McCann), 87, of Newark, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 12, 1927, in Ravenwood, Mo., to the late John Henry and Louise Johanna (McCarty) McCann.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salina, Kan., where she was an honor student and participated in the band. Martha attended Marymount College, where she received a BS in dietetics and nutrition. She completed her graduate internship at the University of Michigan Hospital. After completing her studies, Martha and her husband, the late Irvin C. "Whiz" Wisniewski, established Varsity Day Camp in Pinckney, Mich., for boys and girls ages 6-13. The camp still operates today, 65 years later. She was also the owner of Delaware Sporting Goods for over 30 years and Jammin' With Martha, a purveyor of gourmet jams.

A woman of deep faith, Martha was an active member of St. Johns Holy Angels and the Neumann Center which is now the St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware. In 2011, she and her husband were presented with the Order of Service award by the Archdiocese of Wilmington for their lifetime of service to the church. Martha was a beloved and avid community volunteer. She was a member of the Newark New Century Club, an active fundraiser for the Newark Symphony, and coordinated a volunteer dessert program for Meals on Wheels for over 25 years. In 1990, she was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington for her outstanding contributions to Meals on Wheels of Delaware, and was named the Woman of the Year in 1995 by the University of Delaware Women's Club.

In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her son Mark, sisters Rita Bland and Mary McCann MD, brothers William McCann MD and John McCann Jr., and grandson Matthew Farrall. Martha is survived by her children, Anne Brattan and husband Tom of Columbia, Md., Mary Wisniewski of Chicago, Ill., Pat Wisniewski and wife Karen of Newark, Mike Wisniewski and wife Barbara of Newark, John Wisniewski of Oviedo, Fla., Jane Selner and husband Craig of North Wales, Pa., and Clare Farrall and husband Ken Jr. of Lewes; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Lina Doyle of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the St. Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Ave., Newark, DE 19711. A viewing for friends and family will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, April 21, at the Spicer Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the St. Thomas More Oratory at the address listed above, or to the Varsity Day Camp Scholarship Fund, 3420 Cordley Lake Road, Pinckney, MI 48169.