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Martha Ann Piper

February 25, 1934 — May 13, 2024

Martha Ann Piper

Martha Ann Piper, 90, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa.  She was born on February 25, 1934, in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of Mads Sivert and Lucille Mildred (Champagne) Iversen.  She attended school in Solvang, CA until 1945, when the family moved to Burlington, IA.  She graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1951.  

Martha was united in marriage to Walter William Piper on July 23, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, IA. They made their home in Mediapolis where they raised eight children. In later years the couple enjoyed traveling the United States on bus trips. Martha moved to Heritage House in Atlantic after Walter’s passing in 2019.

Following high school, she worked as an operator at the Mediapolis Telephone Company, but spent the majority of her life caring for children. In addition to raising her own large family, she ran a home daycare for many years.  Martha enjoyed walking, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and displaying her collections of teddy bears, music boxes and snow globes, especially those with a Christmas theme.

Martha is survived by her children, Dennis Piper of Mediapolis, IA, David Piper of Burlington, IA, Renae Smothers of Atlantic, IA, Teresa (Jeff) Godwin of Cumberland, IA, Wayne Piper of El Cajon, CA, Sharon (Tom) Duffy of Des Plaines, IL, and Dan Piper of Winfield, IA; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson; and siblings, Sivert Iversen and Dina Poole both of Burlington, IA, and Ray (Karen) Iversen of Macomb, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her son, Randy.

Per Martha’s wishes cremation has taken place and a graveside service for her and Walter will be held at a later date at the Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis, Iowa.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Heritage House Good Samaritan Fund at 1200 Brookridge Circle, Atlantic, IA 50022. The Good Samaritan Fund provides financial assistance to residents who have outlived their resources. This allows them to continue living in the familiar surroundings and with the caring staff they are accustomed to. Martha was a recipient of this program.

Roland Funeral Home is caring for Martha’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at
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