Bruce Ervin Marti

Bruce Ervin Marti

Bruce Ervin Marti

Bruce Ervin Marti, age 86, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away of cancer on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at his home.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship.  A luncheon will follow at the Friendship Congregational Church from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Interment will be 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15th at the Mt. Repose Cemetery in Friendship.

Bruce was born January 11, 1937, in Joliet, Illinois to Ervin and Gertrude (Gumble) Marti. In 1943 they moved from a farm in Illinois to a farm in Friendship, WI bringing their Brown Swiss dairy cows with them. He graduated at the age of 18 from a UW short course on farming. After his father’s death he took over the family’s dairy farm. He married Betty Smith and had two children, a daughter Maryanne and a son Bruce Jr. They divorced and then he married Marth Witcraft-Dalman who had a daughter Penny. They had two sons Brad and Brian, and a daughter Trudy.

Bruce was on the Farm Bureau Board for over 50 years and also served as a Fire Warden for over 60 years. He served on South Central DHI and was a 4-H leader. Bruce loved his Brown Swiss Cows and farming his land. He also loved driving his John Deere tractors.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents Ervin & Gertrude Marti, his wife of 48 years Martha, his brother Dale Marti, his sisters Mary Armstrong, Betty Brake, Shirley Gorney, and his grandson Joseph “Joey” Vinopal Jr.

He is survived by his sons Bruce Jr. (Alyssa), of Nashville, IN., Brad of Friendship, Brian of Friendship, his daughters Maryanne Perring of Beloit, WI; Penny Vinopal (Joseph) of Mauston, WI., and Trudy Marti of Friendship. Foster children Rayma, Rhonda, and Mike. Bruce is further survived by his many grandchildren, a whole bunch of great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren plus his nieces and nephews.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Mindy Anderson-Nicholls says:

    My condolences to the whole Marti family. I never really knew your father but I got to know the youngest Marti children in school and your mom as well. May you each find comfort in your memories and the legacy left behind for you with your family farm and the Brown Swiss. I remember many a time telling Trudy that Holsteins were better and she always said Brown Swiss were the best and I’ve gotta say over the years it was always so cool to see in the local paper how often your dad and his famous brown Swiss cows were top producers! I guess I should admit I was wrong… I remember thinking as a really young kid that your family’s cows made chocolate milk Trudy and although we all know better, it’s a fond memory. May your dad RIP and may you all find comfort in his long life with you and your memories.

  2. Curtie & Michelle Pollex says:

    Sending prayers of comfort to the whole Marti Family, I do remember in my 4-H years at the fair, with those Brown Swiss Cattle! May y’all feel the comfort only God can give. 🙏✝️♥️

  3. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear Bruce passed away my prayers are with you. He,ll be in great hands with the lord.

  4. Nancy Allen Ganther says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I will always remember the Marti family for their beautiful Swiss Cattle. May the family know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Rose (Schonasky) Corton says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I just read this or i would have been to the visitation. Praying for the family.

  6. Susie Kramer says:

    Sorry for your loss to the Marti children, and Rayma, Rhonda and Mike.

  7. Betty Nedbal says:

    So sorry for your loss remember all the good memories you have

  8. Steve Witcraft says:

    Hi Everyone, My condolences on the loss of Uncle Bruce. Sorry I couldn’t make it. We had a number of get together at the old farm. Played alot of cards and always had fun. Again my condolences. Sincerely Steve

  9. Teresa Marti says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Marti family. Rubber and Teresa Marti

  10. Mary Weichert says:

    Bruce was a good neighbor and a hard working man. I remember one summer he was cutting a hay field near my house and ran over a wild mallard duck that was setting on a nest of eggs on the edge of the field. The duck did not survive and Bruce was real upset it happened and found that 6 eggs were unbroke. He put the eggs in his hat and brought them to me and asked if I could put them in an incubator. All 6 of those eggs hatched. Bruce was quite happy about that. The world needs more people like Bruce! My condolences to his family.

  11. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    fondly loved Bruce Dale and Martha who were classmates friends… and many memories over the years altho we all went separate ways. God be with the family left behind as he will be missed by many.

  12. Michael T.Clark says:

    So sorry for your families loss……

  13. Heather Gayton says:

    Our prayers and condolences go out to the Marti family. 💐

  14. Christine Uphoff says:

    Sorry for your loss. I miss his conversations at the kitchen table.

  15. Bill & Fran Christofferson says:

    So sad to hear of Bruce’s passing. I knew him all his life through school and 4-H and the county fair where we showed our cattle. He was a good person. Bill & Fran Christofferson, Denver Co.

  16. Sharon Wiley and family says:

    Our condolence go out to all of Bruce’s family. May God Be With You During This Difficult Time. Lots of Love and Hugs

  17. Libby says:

    Sorry for your loss sending prayers

  18. Debbi and Nick Segina says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and boy, he sure loved those Brown Swiss! Seeing them at the fair was always a highlight for me. Sending thoughts of comfort and peace.

  19. Allen J Baumgartner Sr. Family says:

    Marti Family, please except my deepest condolences. Bruce was a good man who will be missed by many. RIP Thinking of You all in your time of sorrow .

  20. Jodi Lecy Helgeson and Jim Grabarski says:

    We always remember the Marti Brown Swiss at the fair. Our sympathy to you all

  21. Tom and Jane Bader says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Bruce’s family.

  22. Joel Willman says:

    I’m deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Sending many prayers.

  23. Juanita Schmidt says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  24. Jeannie York says:

    So Sorry for your loss. Uncle Bruce was A very hard working man and I’m sure he’ll be missed by many people, God be with you all.

  25. Judith Alderman says:

    So very sorry for the families loss

  26. Lori Marshall Holcomb says:

    So sorry Maryann and penny sorry I can’t be there prayers

  27. Teresa (Bloss) ott says:

    Sorry for your loss

  28. Penny Sellhausen says:

    Sorry for your loss

  29. Doug and Linda Donley says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the family.

  30. Peg Henriksen Lecy says:

    I’m so very sorry on your loss

  31. Cheri & Troy Zimmerman says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you all. 🙏

  32. Mark and Jo Ann Hiller says:

    Brad , Brian and families… so very sorry for your loss of your dad… if there is anything I can do…