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Obituary: Virginia "Ginny" Martin

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Virginia Uihlein Martin died peacefully on November 28, 2016, at Aspen Pointee in her lovely apartment at age 96.  She was born in Milwaukee on August 4, 1920, the daughter of Claudia and Herman Uihlein. Ginny had three sisters and three brothers.

Ginny grew up with music in her home, her mother playing the piano after dinner while we all sang and her father playing the organ.

She had a fantastic childhood, growing up in a large family and spending summer on dude ranches in the Gallatin Canyon. In 1965 Ginny and her husband built their own ranch up the Taylor Fork at 8,000 ft.

Ginny attended the Milwaukee Downer Seminary and then to boarding school at the Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, RI and Finch Junior College in New York City.

In 1940 she married Middleton Black and lost her husband during WW II. He was a Lieutenant in the Navy where he served in the Atlantic and Pacific. They had a son, Sandy.

Ginny was married again in 1946 to Robert W. Martin, Jr. They lived on the north shore of Long Island, New York for thirty years. Bob was the publisher of Aviation Week & Space Technology for 25 years. He had offices from Tokyo to Geneva, traveling extensively. Ginny often traveled with him on inaugural flights. Ginny and Bob had one daughter, Robin, who lives in Jackson Hole. In the early years of the space lift-off at Cape Canaveral, she and Bob were seated with Dr. Debus and Dr. Werner Von Braun at dinner the night before lift-off.

I had a wonderful, happy life, enjoying my family, our beautiful ranch, riding horseback, tennis, cross-country skiing, loving the mountains of Montana. Many summers in the mid-1930's were spent at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch and later at the Elkhorn Ranch where her children grew up in the summer. I spent many years duck shooting on Long Island and quail shooting in Georgia. Was active in St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church on Long Island for 24 years. Sang in the church choir, was church treasurer and president of our Episcopal Women.

Worked as a volunteer for Henry Viscardi's factory for the handicapped where he employed over 200 workers, who were all handicapped. Henry also started a small school for children who had to be schooled at home as schools had no facilities for the handicapped. I was a volunteer there in the 1960's and enjoyed working with the children. People came from Italy and South America to find out how to start a similar place (Ginny handicapped school or factory?) in their countries. Henry Viscardi was born with stumps for legs and was 18 years old when he was given a prosthesis.

Ginny moved to Bozeman in 1976 and since that time has been active in the Bozeman community and has served on the following boards: She served on the Eagle Mount from 1987-1992; Museum of the Rockies (served only two years as she resigned to work with Intermountain Opera Association); Bozeman Symphony for 15 years and is an honorary member; Bozeman Deaconess Capital Campaign for two years; Bozeman Deaconess Foundation for five years; and Intermountain Opera Association for 32 years and was an honorary chairman until she resigned in 2012.  She was on the Quebec-Labrador Foundation for 40 years and now an honorary member. In 1998 Ginny was awarded an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from Montana State University; in 2005 the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras presented her with the Volunteer of the Year award. Gov. Mark Racicot appointed Ginny to the MSU Executive Board for three years. She gave the funds for the original Martin Discovery room at the Museum of the Rockies in memory of her husband, Robert W. Martin, Jr. She was co-Chairman of the Museum Wine tasting 50th-anniversary wine tasting classic in 2007. As a member of the Hospital Board, she raised the money for the Chapel and 2-story stained glass window at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

On December 31, 1999, Ginny gave an open house day of music at the Museum of the Rockies with the Bozeman Symphony and a free day of music to play instruments (1,431 were in attendance) called "Museum, the Millennium." She sponsored the same event again in 2003.

Ginny is survived by her children Middleton A. Martin (Sandy) and his wife Nancy and Robin M. Weiss and her husband William and six grandchildren: Middleton A. Martin, Jr. (Jen), Anne M. Simonds (William), Virginia M. Reece (David), Margaret M. Angstrom (Andrew), William U. Weiss (Jean), Katrina W. Ryan (Brandon) and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and her siblings Helen Peters, Mary Cunningham, Claudia Caesar and Herman, John and Henry Uihlein.

“I enjoyed my last years at Hillcrest thanks to wonderful friends and the staff.”

Memorials may be made in Ginny’s name to Eagle Mount, 6901 Goldenstein Lane, Bozeman, MT 59715, The Bozeman Symphony, 1001 W. Oak St. #201, Bozeman, MT 59715 or Bozeman Intermountain Opera, 104 E. Main St. #101, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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