Poestenkill-Martha was born on November 9, 1942 in Buffalo, NY. She was raised in the small village of East Aurora, NY by her parents Elmer Ehlers and Dorothy (nee Briggs) along with her two sisters Mary Lou and Sue.
She attended Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, where she also met her husband Rev. Dr. William G. Hempel III (deceased) of 53 years. Together they lived in Detroit, MI; E. Northport, NY; Bronx, NY; Forked River, NJ and Averill Park, NY.
She enjoyed several hobbies including bird watching from the many feeders in their yard, gardening, reading, nature, scripture and her many churches. Given her love of both nature and watercolor paintings, Martha had an appreciation for her parents' friend and painter, Charles Burchfield.
Martha’s first job was with Fisher Price, East Aurora, NY. She then spent years working in various non-profit organizations. Most recently, she retired from Northeast Career Planning in Menands, NY where she spent over 25 years.
Martha was part of several communities and churches providing support in many ways thru her work with various groups, she sang in the choirs, bible study, and she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Most recently at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poestenkill, NY.
She is survived by her three children; Matthew P. Hempel (Yumi), Joel D. Hempel (Jean) and William G. Hempel IV (Tracey). He also has 6 grandchildren (Andrew, Cole, Lauren, Luke, Liam and Morgan) and 2 step grandchildren (Jordan and Alex). Martha was predeceased by her two sisters Mary Lou Elhers and Sue Ann Hornung. Also her brother-in-law Robert (Cris) Hempel (Nashville, TN) and sister-in-law Susan (Frank) Crispens (Newport News, VA)
A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday May 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rte. 351 Poestenkill, NY with a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Burchfield Penny Art Center (www.burchfieldpenny.org)
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A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
May 11, 2019
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Directions to the Evangelical Lutheran Church