Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. Interment will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church-Building & Maintenance Fund, Beacon of Hope Hospice or to Avonlea Cottage.
Martha was born on March 12, 1925, in Rock Island, the daughter of Theophiel and Clara D'Hooge VanDeGejuchte. She graduated from the former St. Joseph's High School in Rock Island, Class of 1943.
Martha married Frank R. Hagerman on Jan. 13, 1945, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1991. She later married Lawrence W. Hayes on Sept. 11, 1999, in Bettendorf. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2003.
Martha and Frank owned and operated Hagerman's West Side Market in Rock Island from 1946 to 1965. They then purchased Holst Market in Davenport, which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1986.
She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. In earlier years, she and her husband, Frank, were active members of the Belgian American Brotherhood and the East End Club. She also was a member of the Cordial Club of the former St. Paul's Catholic Church, Rock Island, and the Solo Steppers.
She was an avid lover of ballroom dancing.
Martha was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be fondly remembered as the "Blue Haired Granny."
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Tony Carmack, Rock Island; granddaughter, Cathy L. Carmack, San Diego, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; very special friend, John Francisco, Rock Island; and special friends, Gayle and Butch Santuccio, Rock Island. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Frank and Lawrence; twin grandchildren, Thomas and Clara Carmack in 1986; and her brother, Edmond M. VanDeGejuchte.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.
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