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Obituary: Sheila Walsh Martin '46

Sheila W. (Walsh) Martin, formerly of Hatboro and Massapequa, Long Island, N.Y., passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 after a long illness. She was 88. Born Sept. 15, 1924, she was married to Howard B. Martin and they were happily married for 53 years until his death on July 7, 2001. She leaves behind four children, Thomas Martin (Gemma) of Linthicum, Md., Kathleen Popadick (Don) of Ottawa, Canada, James Martin of Philadelphia and Eileen Martin of Doylestown, Pa., and three grandchildren, Daniel, Charles and Caroline. Sheila graduated from Amityville High School in New York. Upon graduation, she attended Antioch College, Cornell University, and enlisted in the Navy WAVES during World War II, where she proudly served as an Aerographer's Mate. She met her future husband while stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. and graduated from the University of Delaware. Sheila would become a tutor, a substitute mathematics teacher in local school districts, and eventually a professor of journalism at Temple University at the Ambler campus. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Panorama Magazine in Doylestown in the 1970s. Writing would become her passion, and she published over 200 articles in many newspapers and magazines across the country, and was a regular columnist in The Today's Spirit for many years. She published a book of short stories about the period leading up to the American Revolution, The Colonial Spirit, and she would continue to write about history, humor and later, travel as she and her husband would go on to visit over 80 countries. She was a devout Episcopalian, and her New York sense of humor and pride in serving during WWII were evident to all who knew her. Among her many volunteer services was her participation as part of a group of WWII veterans speaking at many high schools across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Sheila was a major force in performing fundraising and awareness for the building of what would eventually become the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery - the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services - where she also volunteered as a docent for years until she could no longer travel. Her service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Helweg Funeral Services, 463 York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046, where her viewing will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be held in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, Pa. after the service. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Martin's name to the Women's Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560 ( or to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 ( Helweg Funeral Services