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Martha Treichler

February 6, 1929 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Martha Treichler Obituary

Martha Rittenhouse Treichler died November 28 surrounded by her family at her home near Hammondsport.  She was 94.  She was born in February 1929 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Joseph Samuel Rittenhouse and Estelle Beahm Rittenhouse. She attended Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina, where she met her husband, Bill Treichler. They married in 1950 and moved to her husband’s family farm in Troy Mills, Iowa. There, they designed and built their first home and farmed organically with her husband’s family.

In 1966 Martha and Bill moved to Carbondale, Colorado to manage the farm at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. In 1968 they moved to Vershire, Vermont to teach and run the farm program at the Mountain School. While teaching, Martha continued to study, earning her BA from Goddard College in 1973 and her MALS from Dartmouth College in 1974.

In 1975 Martha and Bill moved to a farm near Hammondsport, New York and began the process of rebuilding the old house, restoring the fields and becoming active in the community.  Martha expanded her lifelong interest in healthy food, by becoming a Registered Dietician and consulting at local hospitals and nursing homes. She and Bill joined the Steuben County Historical Society where both volunteered for many years.  Martha continued volunteering there until several months ago.  They published a local history magazine, the Crooked Lake Review, from 1988 until Bill died in 2008.

Martha was inspired by her students, colleagues, and members of the many groups she belonged to including the Bath Peace and Justice Group, AAUW, the Hammondsport Women’s Club and several writers’ groups. In her free time she liked to garden, write poetry, take walks, bake bread and cook for her family.  She loved to read, everything from pre-Colombian history and classic literature to mystery novels.

She is the author of eight books of poetry, as well as a book of local history, Stories of Mount Washington.  Her last book of poetry, Still Marveling, was published by Foothills Publishing just days before her death.

She is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Bill Treichler, and her siblings Julian, Kathryn, Patricia and Wilbur. She is survived by her brother David, her children: Rachel, Joseph, George (Lisa), Barbara Gregor (Eugene), and John; grandchildren: Dorothy Morris (Ryan), Elizabeth Rummler (William), William Treichler (Amy Wong), Charles Treichler (Joshua Jenkins), Alexander Gregor (Rebecca Hyde), Sonia Gregor Zorrilla (Martin), Hanna Gregor (Jordon Porto), and Frances Gregor; her great grandchildren: Charlotte, Jack and Cora Morris, George and Rose Rummler, Benjamin Treichler and Theodore Zorrilla; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was a wonderful mother and friend, and we will greatly miss her curiosity, energy, insight and good humor.

The family is holding a memorial gathering on Saturday, January 13, from 2 to 4 pm at the Taylor Library, 21 William Street, in Hammondsport. 




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Memorial Gathering
January 13, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Taylor Library
21 William Street
Hammondsport, NY 14840


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