10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday July 6, 2017 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln
11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home
Martha L. Donnelly, 84, of Lincoln, formerly of
Lombard, 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 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,
Crete, and for the United States Armed Services in
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, with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services from
10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial will be at New Union
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist
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