Old Macedonia Cemetery

John William Hughes & Martha Irmgard Hughes


John William Hughes & Martha Irmgard Hughes

John William died in California in 1990.

Martha Irmgard Hughes

Rancho Bernardo Martha was born in Richmond Hill, New York to Hellma and Franz Zacharias. Her father was an artisan pipe-maker who emigrated from Austria. Her mother Hellma, a homemaker, was the daughter of George Muller, an immigrant from Germany and the chief designer the Battleship Maine. Martha and her husband, John William Hughes, of 44 years moved to California in 1987 and he preceded her in death in 1990. Martha had a passion for books and worked to establish the school library at the newly opened St. Ladislaus School in Hempstead, New York. She then served as a clerk at the Hofstra University Law Library and later retired from civil service after 12 years at the Hempstead Public Library. In retirement, she was an active member of St. Michael's Church in Poway. She sang in the choir and served as its music librarian. Her interests included music, singing, gardening and reading. Through the early 1940's, Martha, her sisters Francesca and Hillma, under the name The Ria Sisters, performed popular songs in USO Clubs and on the radio. She devoted much of her time and energy to the St. Michael's Choir until she relocated to be near her son in Morganton, Georgia. Martha is survived by her three children and their spouses: Michael and Janet Hughes, James and Catherine Hughes, and Susan Hughes; three grandchildren: Lauren, Kathleen, and William; and two great-grandchildren: William and Damien.A memorial service was held Monday, November 30, at St. Michael's Church in Poway, California. Donations may be sent to Catholic Relief Services.


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Old Macedonia Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia