Gillies Funeral Chapel


Martha Lou Heirholzer Dykstra

June 1923 ~ December 17, 2016

Mass: St. Henry's Catholic Church, 380 North 200 East, Brigham City on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery


Martha Lou Heirholzer Dykstra, age 93, passed away on December 17, 2016, in Brigham City Utah. Martha was born in June 1923, to Leo E. and Agnes A. (Winkeljohn) Hierholzer in Celina, Ohio. She was the third child and had three brothers. Martha attended the Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools in Celina, Ohio. Her father's death from an automobile accident in 1939 was very hard on the family. During World War II, Martha graduated from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ft. Wayne Indiana. She was a scrub nurse and assisted in surgeries at Saint Elizabeth Hospital and later at the VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She also attended the University of Dayton. She met Philip Dykstra, who was working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a rocket engineer. They were married on September 12, 1953. They moved to Huntsville, where Phil was in the military reserves and worked at Redstone Arsenal. Joni was born in 1954, followed by Bob and John. In 1958, the family moved to Brigham City, Utah where Phil worked at Thiokol. Mark, Ann, Mary and Karen were born in Utah. Martha and Phil divorced in 1989. Martha lived in Brigham City for the rest of her life Martha was a very devote Catholic, and was an active member of the St. Henry's Catholic Church where she loved going to mass and attending bible study. After her youngest child had started school, she worked for 10 years as a nurse at the Cooley Memorial Hospital, the Brigham City Community Hospital and the Intermountain Indian School trachoma screening of students. Martha supported a nursing scholarship at Weber State University. Martha always had been a stylish and vivacious woman, interested in so many things. She enjoyed socializing, entertaining family and friends, doing needlepoint, playing bridge, decorating, and keeping up with current events. She traveled to England, Spain and Italy and learned how to use email and Skype. Family and friends will remember her sense of humor and as a giving person. She will truly be missed. Her biggest achievement was raising her 7 children and providing a home base. Survivors include seven children: Joni, Salt Lake City; Bob (Elaine), Taylorsville; John, Logan; Mark (Janene), Logan; Ann, San Francisco, California; Mary (Dave) Feten, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Karen, Layton; ten grandchildren: Alexandra Lev (Brad Burnham), Katie (Shaun) Nielson, Christie (Ryan) Beecher, Peter, Jon Paul (Julie), Austin (Kiffyn), Alexis, Adelyn and Haley and Erika Feten; two great-grandchildren: Peyton and Reagan Beecher; sister-in-law Joan Hierholzer and 15 nieces and nephews. Martha was preceded in passing by her brother, Charlie, his wife Annie, brother John, his wife Katie and her younger brother Thomas. A special thank you to Karen Dykstra, who returned home to live and help care for her mother for 3 years prior to her moving to Country Lane Assisted Living. Also to Brenda Burns, CNA who helped care for Martha in her home and at Country Lane. We appreciate the caregivers at Country Lane who helped enrich Martha's life while living there and in her final days. A Mass will be said for Martha at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 380 North 200 East, Brigham City on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow after mass at the church. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Henry's Catholic Building Fund. Funeral Directors, Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, 435-723-5236.

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Dear Mary, I'm so sorry your going through this, especially during the Holidays. My loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you work through the loss of your mother. Ann and Karen may not remember me from BEHS, but my heart goes out to them as well. With love,

Teresa Hedrick Rogers
BEHS Class of 1981


Thinking about my friend Ann and family...glad you had your time with her Ann

Becky Schnurr


Ann, and family my thought's and prayers are with you at this time of the the loss of you're Mother.

Sheila Wakley


John, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. My condolences to you and your family.

Mark Benigni


To all the Dykstra family, Your Family was such an important part of my childhood and the passing of your Mom fills me with so many memories. She was so full of life-enthusiastic, entertaining and always loving. She raised all of you and made it seem easy-she served as a role model for me when my own kids were young. My condolences to all of you.




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