Martha Jane Gardner, 86, Ireland

Martha Jane Gardner, 86, of Ireland, died Monday, January 18, at St. Charles Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Washington March 21, 1934, to Charles and Stella (Gardener) Raymon. She married Donald “Speck” A. Mehringer April 10, 1958. He died June 20, 1995. She  married James W. Gardner November 14, 1999. He died December 19, 2003.

Martha was a graduate of Petersburg High School. She was the owner and operator of the Shamrock Cafe in Ireland and  continued to work there for many years after her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Society, the Jasper Daughters of Isabella, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Ireland Sportsman Club. She enjoyed fishing, crafting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Ed Mehringer and wife Cheryl, Celestine, and Jeff Mehringer, Jasper; one daughter, Kathy Horney and husband Tim, Bloomington; one stepson, Jim Gardner, Jasper; three stepdaughters, Gail Gardner, Winslow, Sherry Cole and husband Bill, Dubois, and  Judy Kempf, Jasper; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Church or to St. Charles Health Campus. Online condolences can be shared at

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