The Curry Coastal Pilot

Martha Ann "Marty" Bublitz, 64, of Brookings, passed away in Crescent City, Calif. on March 4, 2013.

Marty was born Dec. 5, 1948, in Peoria, Ill., one of four children to Milton and Dorothy (Deuell) Bublitz. She spent her early years there.

Marty attended college where she majored in drafting. She spent most of her working years in the healthcare industry working as a CNA. She most enjoyed her time in home health and hospice work. Marty's enjoyment of art was expressed in poetry that she had written, flowers, and collecting different pieces of art. She also enjoyed walking on the beach and was an avid reader.

Throughout this brief, unexpected illness, Marty and her family were most appreciative of the care given by the doctors and nurses at Sutter Coast Hospital. A special thanks to Carol and the other ICU nurses.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Gitzel and Joe Vinar of Las Vegas, Rebecca and Jon Schlussler of Elk Grove, Calif.; son Fernando Cortes of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren Soraya Vinar, Rachelle Angel, Ryan and Dylan Schlussler; great-granddaughter Na'Rya Stevens; mother Dorothy Fry of Peoria; companion Glen Bell of Brookings; sister and brother-in-law Mary Stenger and Don Nelson of Bartonville, Ill.; brother and sister-in-law Vince and Cathy Bublitz of Brimfield, Ill. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews including Jeffery Stenger, Lisa Stark, Christopher Stenger, Tony Bublitz, Sarah Brattain and her cat Butch.

Marty was preceded in death by her father; and sister Gwendolyn Bublitz.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marty's name to a beneficiary of the donor's choice. Marty never knew a stranger; she will be missed by family and many friends.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.