Location: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery [ view map ]
Martha will be interred in a private ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The Mass of Christian Burial and A Celebration of Life are planned for a future date. Thank you for your understanding and consideration during these times.
Monday, July 13, 1925
Date of Death:
Friday, June 26, 2020
94 years old
Martha Kamin, age 94, a colleague of many and friend to all, passed away from heart disease at Charter House on June 26, 2020.
Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Martha received her RN there in 1947 in the Cadet Nurse Program. Martha earned a scholarship to St. Louis University, graduating with her BS in Nursing in 1951. Martha specialized in pediatric surgical nursing, practicing and teaching until her marriage to Dr. Edward Kamin in 1954, following a seven-year courtship.
In the next twenty years of her husband’s military career, seven children were born around the world, each on a different day of the week.
In 1975 the family moved to Rochester, MN where Martha continued her active volunteering, eventually serving as president of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, the largest in the world.
Martha volunteered simultaneously in so many Catholic parishes so generously that it was said that half of the pastors were certain that Martha was a member of their own parish. The list of her volunteer activities included The Dorothy Day House, Channel One, St. John’s Womens Council (past president) and The Diocese of Winona Women’s Council.
After retiring to Charter House in 2007 Martha had leading roles in the Charter House Spiritual Care, Bible Study, and Welcome committees. Martha also pioneered the initiation of the ‘No One Need Die Alone’ program.
Martha is survived by her husband, Ed; and their children, Paul, Thomas, Mary, Mark, Anne, Sarah, and Andrew. Their skill and loving care allowed Martha to remain in the comfort of her home until her death. A great joy were her grandchildren, Peter, Olivia, Jakob, Moira, and Miles. A great-grandchild, Stone, was born just three days before Martha’s passing.
Martha’s life was based in faith, her last words being “Thank you” and “It is finished.” The tombstone will read: Beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Saint.
Martha will be interred in a private ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The Mass of Christian Burial and A Celebration of Life are planned for a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Jeremiah Program https://jeremiahprogram.org/rochester/ or a charity of your choice in Martha’s name.
Cards may be sent to Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. SE Rochester, MN 55904.
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Sending our condolences to Tom and Renate and the entire family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and our hearts are here for you.
Dear Kamin family
Martha was an amazing woman and we were so blessed to know her! I was privileged to know her from St. Johns where we worked on many projects for the Women's Council. Martha's warm, inviting personality was a bright light to us all. She was always willing to lend a hand. At Charter House we would go to visit our parents, Ross and Catherine Miller, Martha was always around greeting visitors and residents. All of you must realize how fortunate you were to have a mother with such wonderful qualities! Ed, it goes without saying she was an amazing wife and companion. She will be missed by so many. Her life was a sterling example of a great lady and friend. Rest in peace, dear Martha!
Sincerely, Terry and Helen Miller Rochester, MN
Ed and family,
I just heard the sad news about Martha’s passing and am sending my heartfelt condolences to you all. Martha was truly one of the good ones. I enjoyed reading the obituary and learning of the many ways she served others in addition to her beloved family.
Nancy (Lucas) Watson
Anne and Family sorry to hear of your loss. I have wonderful memories of your mother she was an Angel of Mercy 🙏😇
Prayers sent your way.