News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 13, 2013

Wilma Martin Cruse


---- — ROCKVILLE — Wilma Martin Cruse, 89, of Rockville, died at 11:12 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Clinton Gardens. She was a homemaker. She was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Putnam County, to the late Oscar Martin and Helen Gosnell Martin. Her husband of 52 years, Marion P. Cruse, whom she married May 31, 1941, in Indianapolis, died Dec. 11, 1993.

Survivors include one son, Doyne Cruse of Rockville; two daughters, Kay (Jim)  Abbott, and Karen (Ernie) Boswell, all of Terre Haute; five grandchildren, Phil, Brian, Matt and Paul Mangus, and Theresa Sandberg; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy McCullough and Imogene Crawley; and five brothers, John, Donald, Kenneth, who was killed during World War II, and James and Oscar Martin Jr.

She attended Union Township School and Clinton Center High School. She was a member of the Rockville Christian Church, Friendship Sunday school class and the Day group, both of Rockville Christian Church, and the Quilt Club of Rockville.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., with the Rev. Don Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Falls Cemetery, in Putman County. Visitation is 9 a.m. until services Wednesday. Memorials, should friends so desire, in lieu of flowers may be made to the Clinton Township Scholarship Fund, in care of Putnam County Community Foundation, PO Box 514, Greencastle, IN 46135; or Beech Grove Ladies Aide in care of Susie Hood, 835 W. County Road 75 North, Greencastle, IN 46135, in her memory. Friends may sign an online guest register at: