Zelda Mitchell Martinez Obituary

TOPEKA, KS – Zelda Mitchell Martinez, 94, of Topeka, KS, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at The University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus. She was born June 21, 1923 in Mayetta, the daughter of Joe and Angeline (Battese) Mitchell.

Zelda was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Zelda married Logie R. Martinez on February 8, 1948 in Topeka. He preceded her in death on August 4, 2008. She was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Ralph Joseph Martinez and Ralph A. “Sonny” Martinez; a sister, Cecelia Mitchell; a brother, Andrew Mitchell and a grandson, Michael Fitzgerald.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Laura J. Thackery and Sheila Fitzgerald both of Topeka, KS; a son, Manuel J. Martinez of Topeka, KS; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Shipshee Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church or Shipshee Cemetery c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

  • Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes