Alice A. Martin, 61, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Sunday (Dec. 10, 2017) peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Alice was born March 16, 1956, in Carlock. She was the daughter of the late John Alfred and Alice Ann Dohrs Stauffer. A graduate of Normal Community High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology with high honors from Eastern Illinois University and her MBA from the University of Illinois. She began her career at the Continental Illinois Bank where she served as a banking officer from 1980 until 1984.
On May 12, 1984, Alice married Rex Martin at First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart. She then joined her husband at NIBCO and served in a variety of positions, most recently as chief revenue officer, a position she had held since 2015. She was on the board of directors since 2000 and served as the vice chairman of the board since 2002, lead director of the board from 2003 to 2005 and chief people officer from 2005 to 2015.
She was the loving wife of 33 years to Rex and the loving mother to two daughters, Ashley Martin and Alexis (Shawn) Martin-Klose, both of Elkhart. Also surviving are four brothers, John Stauffer, Paul (Marcia) Stauffer, David (Diane) Stauffer and Dan Stauffer, all of Bloomington.
Alice served as president and co-founder of the Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation, a charitable foundation headquartered in Elkhart that donates to major projects for children. Celebrating its 16th year, the Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation has funded the NIBCO Water & Ice Park in downtown Elkhart, the Martin Skate Park I and Martin Skate Park II on the west and east sides of Elkhart, respectively. Additionally, the Foundation has contributed significantly to the renovation of the Lerner Theatre and to the construction of Indiana University at South Bend facility, both in downtown Elkhart. Other projects include the purchase of the soon-to-be-completed Children’s Garden at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens in Elkhart and, along with three other donors, the purchase of the Havilah Beardsley House on Main Street in Elkhart.
She served on over 30 local, regional and state charitable boards of directors and was honored many times for her leadership and philanthropy. Recently, she was honored by Premier Arts with the Arthur J. Decio Award and by the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce with its 2012 Businesswoman of the Year Award. She received the “Sagamore of the Wabash” Award, which is Indiana’s highest honor. Alice was named the Lewis S. Armstrong Award recipient for Business Acumen by Indiana University, South Bend. She received awards from the University of Illinois, WNIT Public Television, Rotary International, Lions Club International, the United Way and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Public Broadcasting honored her at its national convention with its National Leadership Award and the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate passed a joint resolution of commendation in her honor.
Alice was currently serving on the advisory board for Indiana University at South Bend and on the advisory board for the Business College at the University of Notre Dame. A champion of women’s rights, Alice founded the Women’s Leadership Group at NIBCO. An avid global traveler, Alice was proud to have visited over 70 different countries. She was a huge patron of the arts and had an infectious laugh which often caused others to join in with her.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, 403 W. Franklin St., Elkhart, Ind. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Private family burial will take place.
To leave the family a condolence, please visit the website at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.