Dorothy (Schweizer) Martzell

Born: Thu., Sep. 27, 1923
Died: Sat., Nov. 7, 2020

Private Services


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 11, 2020
Location: Walker Funeral Home

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Dorothy Schweizer Martzell, 97, of Winchester, Indiana, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2020, in Columbus, Indiana

She was born September 27, 1923, to the late Cecil F. Schweizer and Laura McAdoo Schweizer in LaPorte, IN. A graduate of Winchester High School, Class of 1941, Dorothy was a dedicated wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was highly regarded as the office manager and bookkeeper at Walter Payne’s Ace Hardware for over 7 years and teller and bookkeeper at People’s Loan & Trust Company (now Old National Bank) for 12 years. Later she became the office manager and ophthalmic technician in the optometric practice of her husband, Dr. Ernest D. Martzell of Winchester, where she worked alongside him until their retirement in 2002. During her tenure as an optometric technician she received her education through seminars at Indiana University (Bloomington and Indianapolis), Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL. In the 1970’s, Dorothy and her husband worked with VOSH volunteers (Voluntary Optometric Services and Humanity) on five mission trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. Those trips included two at a Leper Colony in the Dominican Republic and one at a prison in Honduras.

A devoted member of the Main Street Christian Church, now Countryside Christian Church, she was active in the Dorcas and Ruth Circles and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Church Board, and the Finance Committee. She was a past member of Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority, Business & Professional Women, and the Whitewater Optometric Society. Dorothy loved to spend time with family, friends, and her church family. She also enjoyed reading, traveling, and doing volunteer work.

She was married for 17 years to her first husband, Robert Walters, from 1941 until his death in 1958. In 1965 she married Dr. Martzell. They were married 53 years, until his death in July 2018.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, Louise Frank; her brothers, Robert Schweizer and Cecil H. (Bud) Schweizer’ her sister-in-law, Maxine Arthur; her stepson, Shane Martzell; and her stepson and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joanna Martzell.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbra Berry and husband Dave of Winchesters; her son, Dr. Edward Walters of Winchester; a special neice, Ramona Arthur Ketner of Winchester, her six grandchildren, Simon Walters (Fabiana) of Coral Springs FL, Lucas Walters (Jessica) of Coral Springs, Fl, Mariah Walters of Columbus OH, Jeff Berry (Chrissy) of Lynn, Jennifer Martzell Pemberton (Chris) of Friendswood TX, Brian Martzell (Jasmine) of Lynn; 15 great-grandchildren: Makenzi, Devin and Logan Berry; Juliana, Lucas C., Lyla, Illy, Logan, Easton, and Hayden Walters; Macy, Austin, and Nathan Martzell; and Leah and Gabriel Pemberton, and several other cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Dorothy’s life from 12-2 p.m., on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  A private service with her family will follow at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Melissa Kleinschmidt officiating.  Burial will be at Fountain Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Countryside Christian Church, 1212 E. 100 S., Winchester, IN 47394

 Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Nina M Kelly
   Posted Tue November 10, 2020
Barb, So sorry about your mother. Its been a long time since we worked together at Peoples Loan & Trust, but she always remained a friend. We so enjoyed catching up when we ran into each other. I saw her last at Pineknoll when David was there for rehab. I asked if she knew me, and said "Its Nina". She promptly replied, "Nina Thornburg?" (my maiden name). She hadn't forgotten our working together. She was a lovely lady, and I still treasure the gift she gave me when David and I got married. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Jennifer Pemberton
   Posted Tue November 10, 2020

Medium Spathiphyllum was sent by The Pemberton Family-Jennifer, Chris, Leah and Gabriel.

Always in our hearts. Rest in peace grandma. Love, Jennifer, Chris, Leah and Gabriel

Neil and Cindy McHolland
   Posted Wed November 11, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing.
She was a precious lady. Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Neil and Cindy McHolland 🙏🙏

Carolyn Conyers
   Posted Fri November 13, 2020
Barbara and Eddie,
So sorry for your loss. What a sweet lady. I always enjoyed talked with her.

Carolyn Conyers

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