Martha L. Donnelly, 84, of Lincoln, IL formerly of Lombard, IL passed away at 10:36 A.M, Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her home.
Martha was born on July 26, 1932, the daughter of James P. and Dorcie Smith Donnelly.
Martha was a social studies teacher at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL for 25 years, and for many of those years, she also headed the Social Studies Department. Before her tenure at Glenbard East, she taught social studies In Los Angeles, CA, Waukegan, IL, Crete, IL, and for the United States Armed Services in Japan.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Martha attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. During her years of teaching, she also completed extensive academic work beyond a master's degree. She received one Fulbright Scholarship to India and a second one to Israel.
Martha traveled extensively taking trips to numerous destinations, such as, England, Ireland, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. When she lived in the Chicago area, she enjoyed the theater and had subscriptions to the Steppenwolf, Court, and Goodman theaters. She loved to read, and at one time would set aside whole days to read.
Martha expressed much gratitude for the kindness and generosity of her many Lincoln friends who helped her through illnesses during the past few years.
Services for Martha will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday July 6, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL, with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 10:00-11:00A.M. Burial will be at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.