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Martha  A.  Kuch
  • Gull Lake United Methodist Church
    8640 Gull Road
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Vibrant Life Senior Living
    3700 W. Michigan Ave.
    Kalamazoo , MI 49006
  • Visiting Angels Hospice
    120 S. Main St.
    Plainwell , MI 49080

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“I only have happy memories of my Aunt Martha! She was the most talented witty person I have ever met in my life. There is a nice video of her playing...Read More »
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“It´s been almost a month since I heard that Martha was gone, and I´m still struggling to find words adequate enough to express the impact she had...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Erica Holcomb - Friend

“Martha and I team taught together at Parkview Elementary in Charlotte. We spent a wonderful 8 years together, teaching in a multi-age classroom with...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Freije - East Lansing, MI

“So sorry to learn of this. Loved listening to Martha playing her harp whether in person or listening to her cds. The first time I heard her play I...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl, former nurse at Pipp)

“Oh, Martha, where do I begin? So many happy memories...starting with you coming to our house every week to teach Erica the harp. You were always so...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Richard and Jeri Holcomb

“While I never had the pleasure of meeting Martha, John, I was pleased when I heard you and Martha had married. What an accomplished person she was. ...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Gayle (Dowd) Pierce - MADISON, MS

“Martha was such a special friend to me and I so admired her beautiful harp playing. She and John contributed so much to the music ministry at Gull...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Rickert - Richland, MI

“I'm sure there's a demand for talented harpists where Martha's going. Her's was a life well lived. Warm, caring and talented. She will be missed by...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Al Vercellino - Walled Lake, MI

“I was blessed to have Martha and Jon as my next door neighbors for the last 17 years. Martha was always warm, friendly, thoughtful, encouraging,...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Suzanne Leech - Hickory Corners, MI

“Heaven has gained an Angel, that’s for sure, who will be making beautiful music on her harp. It was my joy to play organ and piano duets with...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce Gilliland - Friend

“Lots of memories of time spend as a family. We were cousins and so this meant that we were like first friends. And our family has lots of them. But...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Shirley Wesler-Brown - Allegan, MI

“Martha, who had been my friend since we attended High School together, in Otsego, Michigan, was a lady of talent and integrity. And she was a Sincere...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: charles kindig - SIMPSONVILLE, SC

“Martha was a lovely friend. I wanted to be like Martha so I got myself a harp but never mastered it. She would encourage me, but I just didn't take...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Sharon Skaryd - Sun City Center, FL


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Martha A. Kuch, 82, of Hickory Corners, passed away June 14, 2022. Martha was born February 22, 1940 in Hudson, MI to John and Lorraine (Jugle) Walters. She grew up in the Otsego area and helped with the kindergarten music class and volunteered in the school library. This helped develop her love for music and education, which would shape the course of the rest of her life.

Martha graduated from Western Michigan University, majoring in music and early elementary education. She taught elementary school at Parchment, Harden County Schools and Charlotte Public Schools. She was also the director of the Kiddie Carousel Day Care Center and gave private music lessons of harp and hammered dulcimer. Martha performed music at numerous community events. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, the National President of Scottish Harp Society of America and was a presenter at harp workshops at various music festivals.

Martha volunteered at Ascension Borgess and was a hospice volunteer. She participated in church activities, sewing doll outfits and quilts for charity, went to quilt retreats and loved to knot. "Camp Grandma" loved spending the summers with her grandkids. Martha lived her life focused on faith, family and service.

Martha married John P. Kuch on August 4, 1961, who survives. She is also survived by their two sons, John (Belinda) Kuch and James (Deborah) Kuch; grandchildren, David Kuch, Justin and Jessica McGinty, Paul and Samantha Smith, Quinn and Alyson Kuch-D'Ascenzo, Lorraine Kuch and Celia Kuch; a great-granddaughter, Hanna Rose McGinty; two sisters, Virginia Baueurle and Mary Jo (Rob) Bruinooge; a brother, Larry (Cinda) Walter and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Gull Lake United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at a later date at Prairie Home Cemetery in Richland. Memorial donations may be made to the Gull Lake United Methodist Church, Vibrant Life Senior Living or to Visiting Angels. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.