Martha Mauke, 71, of Stockbridge, adult education teacher and counselorMore Info
Martha Christine Mauke, 71, of Main Street, Stockbridge, passed away Sept. 9, 2018, at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington.
The daughter of James Robert and Mary Harty Kelley, she was born Feb. 3, 1947, in Winchendon. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She later continued her education with graduate courses that supported her efforts in several different roles.
Martha had a remarkable career in the field of adult education for over 40 years. She served as a teacher, a counselor and curriculum organizer in the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center. She worked as a financial aid and program advisor for learning center students who were applying to colleges. A program within the learning center became her focus: adult learning disability. Martha was the lead teacher in the basic reading class, which contained a number of adults diagnosed as dyslexic. These are often perfectly bright adults who are afraid of school, having failed repeatedly. There was no failing in Martha’s class, just acceptance, proper materials and support. Martha was exceptional at leading such learners to believe in their abilities to learn. She had a gentle determination that was transferred to her individual students. In her classroom, students were relieved of any pressure to succeed but, over time, six months to two years, were given the satisfying results of observing success as they sat beside Martha Mauke.
Mrs. Mauke was a military wife and lived on multiple military bases, including Yokosuka Navy Base, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Lejeune, Picatinny Arsenal and Naval Station Norfolk before moving to Stockbridge in 1981. She was an active member of the Gold Star Wives, T.O.P.S. and a local book club.
Martha married her husband, the late Richard H. Mauke, May 31, 1968, at St. Joseph’s Church in Barre.
She is survived by sons Richard J. Mauke and Erick L. Mauke; grandchildren Hannah R. Peckham, Ethan L. Peckham, Olivia G. Mauke, Richard R. Mauke and Beverly R. Mauke; and siblings Anne (Kelley) White, Colleen (Kelley) Germond, Theodore Kelley, Kevin Kelley and Glen Kelley. She was predeceased by her husband Aug. 16, 1998. She was also predeceased by her brother Michael Kelley.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington. Memorial donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Adult Learning Center through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.