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ARCADIA, Fla. -- Martha R. Gosda, 73,
died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in Arcadia. She moved to Florida 15
years from Lincoln, Ill.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be on March 20
at 10 a.m. at Harmony Cemetery, Beason, Ill., with the Rev. Wallace
Service arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home of Arcadia is in
charge of arrangements in Florida.
Mrs. Gosda was a
registered nurse for 22 years and retired from her
working career at Lincoln Developmental Center in
She was born July 12, 1936, in Lincoln.
She is survived by two sons, Roger (and Sally)
Gosda of Lincoln, Ill., and Richard (and Allison)
Gosda of Hickory, N.C.; two daughters, Ruth (and
Jeffery) Trimble of Bakersfield, Calif., and Susan
(and Neil) Napolitano of Bloomington, Ill.; two
brothers, Bill Gardner of Farmer City, Ill., and Tom
Gardner of Springfield, Ill.; one sister, Mary Jo
Gardner of Arcadia, Fla.; grandchildren Chris, Kelly
and Katie Gosda, Luke and Joel Gosda, Amanda
Trimble, Sam Matthew, and Michael Napolitano; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her spouse of 24
years, Ralph A. Gosda, and her parents, John P. and
Wanda Kirby Gardner.
She was of the Presbyterian faith and an active
member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arcadia.
In Florida she was also active in Elks Lodge
1524, Arcadia; Nyla Temple 152 and Daughters of the
Nile, Venice; and Sar-I Court 79, Bradenton.
Martha enjoyed painting, writing letters and
stories, and traveling.
She was a graduate of Delmar College in Corpus
Christi, Texas, where she obtained her A.A. and A.S.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
contributions may be made in Martha's name to
Shiners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point
Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; Tidewell Hospice, 917 N.
Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266; or First
Presbyterian Church of Arcadia.
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