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Martha M. Hornburg, 96, artist, active in church ; June 3, 1914 -- June 11, 2010

Martha M. Hornburg, who shared cuttings from the garden of her longtime Eggertsville home with neighbors and friends, died Friday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. She was 96.

Born Martha Diesenbruch in Buffalo, she was a millinery designer in her younger years. A 61-year resident of Capen Boulevard, she served on parent-teacher associations at local schools and was a Girl Scout leader.

Later in life, Mrs. Hornburg continued to express her creativity as an accomplished seamstress, quilter and artist. Earlier this decade, an art show featuring 150 of her oil paintings was held at Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, where she had lived since 2003.

Mrs. Hornburg was the oldest member of Kenilworth United Church of Christ in the Town of Tonawanda, where she served on the Church Council and Board of Christian Education, and taught Sunday school for many years.

She was a founder of the Kenilworth Quilters and held numerous offices in the Women's Fellowship.

Her husband, H. Kenneth, died in 1970.

Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Guillaume, and a sister, Lydia Fell.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, Amherst.


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