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Martha “Martie” Ansel
Date of Birth : July 29, 1927
Date of Death : April 16, 2019

Martha “Martie” Ansel, 91 passed away on April 16, 2019 after a short illness. She was surrounded by her large, loving family.

Martie was born on July 29, 1927 to parents, Joseph and Anna Kursavich, immigrants from Lithuania. They settled in Century, WV where her father was a pick and shovel coal miner.  She was a graduate of Philippi High School and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was active in dramatic theater.  Martie was Miss Wesleyan in 1947 and competed in the following Miss West Virginia contest.

She taught at the West Virginia School for the Deaf in Romney where she met and married Willard “Brud” Ansel, her loving husband for 50 years. In the early 50’s, she performed with the Kanawha Players, one of the oldest local theater groups in the country.  She also wrote two weekly columns for The Charleston Gazette newspaper. One was called “Aisle Gazing” and the other was “Classified Spotlight”  In addition, Martie was a model for Stone and Thomas department store in downtown Charleston.

She was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church’s garden club and worked in the Governor’s Information office under Governor Arch Moore and the Secretary of State’s office under A. James Manchin. Most of her life was spent as a homemaker and being the absolute best mother her children could have ever had. Martie was always cheerful and happy and could be found sewing, gardening, reading, or watching British comedies and dramas on PBS. She loved sweets, whether it be a cookie or donut, and single handedly kept Hershey Kisses in business. She was an outstanding grandmother to her 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons, all of whom adored her.

Martie was preceded in death by her brother Victor Kursavage, her only sibling, who gave his life in WWII as a fighter pilot.  Also preceding her were her husband Brud, and son, Joey Ansel.

She is survived by her children, Anna Ansel Yeager (Bud) of Charleston, David Ansell of Hurricane, Lisa Ansel Lynch (Jim) of Mooresville, NC, and Amy Ansel of Charleston. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kanawha City, followed by mass at 11:00 a.m.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House of Charleston, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Chas., WV 25311.  (304) 926-2200.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com

Arrangements has been entrusted to Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV.


Selwyn (Miller) Knap , Posted on 24 Apr 2019
Lafayette, Colorado
Lisa, so very sorry to hear of your mom\'s passing. I know you will miss her. Selwyn
Lisa Ansel Lynch , Posted on 24 Apr 2019
Mooresville, North Carolina
I will miss my mother profoundly. She dedicated her life to her 5 children and provided the most joyful and carefree childhood anyone could hope for. I was supremely blessed to have her as my mom and I was doubly blessed to have been with her at her last breath. My comfort comes in knowing she is now reunited with my dad Brud, and my brother Joey. Go rest now mom...your work is done.
Ding and Paul Young , Posted on 24 Apr 2019
San Francisco, California
Dear Loved ones, We give thanks to God for the many rich memories we\'ve shared with Martie over the years. As a sister-in-law we\'ve been truly blessed to have had her in our lives. She brought to everyone laughter, joy and happiness. Her strong faith was an inspiration to all of us. She will be a part of our lives forever. Thanks be to our Lord for this amazing gift of love. Aunt Ding & Uncle Paul
Connie Coogle , Posted on 25 Apr 2019
Richmond, Virginia
Words don\'t say enough. Growing up, your mom was \"my mom away from home.\" And she took very good care of me. The world is depleted now without her in it. So sorry.
Monty/Theresa Jarrett , Posted on 26 Apr 2019
Charleston , West Virginia
Sam/Amy, Sorry for your loss.
Diana Barnett Thomas , Posted on 30 Apr 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
To the wonderful Ansel family: I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother and Grandmother. Love to ALL.