Martha Wenz, 82, of Lacon Illinois, died on December 6, 2021 at Pekin Manor in Pekin. Born March 13, 1939 to the late Arthur and Mildred (Lyons) Russell, she married Lawrence “Bud” Wenz on March 15, 1957 in Peoria. Bud died on October 30, 2003.
Martha was a lifelong waitress for over 50 years at numerous places. She started her career with Rod and Mildred Kenyon at Kenrod’s in downtown Lacon. Martha followed them to the restaurant Club Lacon where she served patrons for over 20 years. She then went to a new restaurant Kenyon‘s Place where she worked another 20 years under 2nd generation Bill and Anita. After that Martha and her sister Gwynn went to the Paradice Casino in East Peoria, working for in the Buffet for over 10 years. Martha loved visiting with her customers especially her regulars. In her spare time Martha loved to garden and bake, she especially loves playing spades with her family during holidays
Martha is survived by her daughter Kimberly (Barton) Weber of Lacon; sons Steve (Beth) Wenz of Lacon, Art Wenz of Peoria; sister Gwen Kingen of Lacon; grandchildren Mike (Julie) Weber of Lacon, Holly (Scot) Hindmarsh of Omaha NE and great grandchildren Lucas and Brayden. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Melody Wenz-Ping, brothers Edwin & William Russell, and sisters Betty Barber, Barb Kepper, Jackie Martin, and Lillian McCaskey.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 11 AM at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Burial will follow in the Lacon Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Saint Jude and online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com