Obituary for Martha Cashman

Martha Cashman, aged 63 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, 2017, at her home. Survivors include her children Kimesha Winn of Minneapolis, Peter (Emily) Winn of Waconia; her grandchildren Maroun, Rowan and Brixton; her mother Barbara Cashman of Arizona/Minnesota; her siblings Charlie (Donna) Cashman of Virginia, Ann Neuenfeldt of Arizona, Kristin Cashman of Minneapolis, Matthew (Karen) Cashman of Elko, Michael Cashman of Edina, Noah (Paula) Cashman of Northfield, Mia (Paul) Revius of Arizona. Arrangements are pending with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Martha Cashman, aged 63 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, 2017, at her home.

Survivors include her children Kimesha Winn of Minneapolis, Peter (Emily) Winn of Waconia; her grandchildren Maroun, Rowan and Brixton; her mother Barbara Cashman of Arizona/Minnesota; her siblings Charlie (Donna) Cashman of Virginia, Ann Neuenfeldt of Arizona, Kristin Cashman of Minneapolis, Matthew (Karen) Cashman of Elko, Michael Cashman of Edina, Noah (Paula) Cashman of Northfield, Mia (Paul) Revius of Arizona.

Arrangements are pending with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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15 Comments

  1. Connie Cihak

    I am greatly saddened by the loss of Martha; she truly was an extra-ordinary woman with amazing gifts and the desire to help others around the world. I pray the results of her efforts will continue to improve lives and be multiplied over and over. I had the privilege of knowing Martha and her mentor, Vern Freeh during my time at Land O Lakes. Truly together they laid the foundation of the International Development Division. My sympathy to her family.

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  2. Tim Geisler

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Martha’s family. Martha was a true friend and colleague. May memories of her sustain us all during this time of sorrow.

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  3. Bruce Sutor

    Martha was a strong advocate for the mental health care needs of Minnesotans. She was smart, funny, and kind. I’m going to miss her.

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  4. Debbie Eagle

    Martha’s colleagues in Education at Mayo Clinic are deeply saddened at her passing. Her smile and engaging interpersonal style will be sorely missed. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her-she inspired us with her dedication and advocacy for our community members and their needs. We will miss you Martha.

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  5. Ted Weihe

    Martha provided the spark that led to LOL International Development program growth, going from three employees to a major player in international cooperative development. I was beside her in all of this work that really took off with Poland and expanded to other Central and Eastern countries in training in coops, free markets and agriculture. She led the efforts at recreating the private dairy industries in Poland, Romania, Albania and Macedonia, quality cheese and meat standards in Macedonia, farmer coops in Montenegro, fruits and vegetables in Ukraine, sheep and dairy in Palestine and many similar projects in Africa and Latin America. She marshaled the Land O’Lakes team, provided the enthusiasm, supported innovation and self-initiative and won the hearts of many of her employees and colleagues. Many us who knew Martha well both personally and professionally will dearly miss her.

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  6. Suzanne Leaf-Brock

    Here is what comes to mind as I think about Martha: Strong. Confident. Not one who was afraid to speak up, offer her opinion, hesitant to say what was on her mind or respectfuuly express a conflicting point of view. Our paths came together at Mayo Clinic, where we worked in the same department. My heart is heavy. My condolences.

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  7. Jim & Cindie Smart

    We are just heartbroken! Martha, her late husband Tom, kimisha and Peter were a big part of our lives for many years! When we think of some of the amazing meals we shared at their home, along with some of the most wonderful and interesting people, we have no choice but to smile!

    Martha was such an inspiration to us, and maybe even more to our daughter. She was so smart and so compassionate that Casey realized very early in her life that nothing could stand in her way to success because she was a woman!

    We send our love to you Martha & Tom, and our gratitude for all of the light that you brought to our lives!

    Kimisha and Peter, please don’t ever hesitate too let us know if there is anything we can do!

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  8. Susan Fargo Prosser

    I will most remember Martha’s capacity for joy, compassion, curiosity and her fascination and love for our world in all its diversity and complexity. She was so creative, welcoming and loving. She was courageous and fought hard for the values and ideas nearest to her heart. She championed the perspectives of those who are less fortunate, or less visible in our communities. She also encouraged so many colleagues in their (life’s)work and inspired others to affect positive change in the world. I will forever appreciate her many gifts. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends (she has so, so many). She would often share one of her favorite quotes, an Amharic proverb … “Little by little, an egg will walk.” I think about that lesson often.

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  9. Jim Bower

    I had the pleasure to work with Martha briefly with Mayo Clinic Abroad. She had a fantastic passion for Global Health . We will miss her.

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  10. Sara Lee

    Martha loved large. As a colleague of hers at Mayo Clinic, I will treasure her passion for others, especially those marginalized by society, and those of diverse backgrounds. She treated her “work family” with love and valued each of us, always supporting our passions and work. She spoke so highly of her family, especially her beloved grandchildren. My heart breaks for them. Rowan, Brixton and Maroun, please know your grandma loved you dearly. I’ll miss her laugh, her gregariousness, her energy and her compassion for humanity. God’s Peace to the family and her many friends.

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  11. Karl Oestreich

    Martha was full of passion and determination. Her smile and engaging personality will be missed.

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  12. Margaret G. Mester

    I was just getting to know Martha, and I was so excited to do so. She was a champion for diversity and inclusion, which Rochester and Mayo Clinic greatly need! Our conversations were few, but each time, she eagerly asked about my work and encouraged me to continue to do more in this field. Her confidence and passion were infectious! I’m not going to look for an antibiotic. May God abundantly bless all of her family and friends, and may God bless Martha.

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  13. Kevin L. Callahan, Minneapolis

    I am greatly saddened by the news of Marth’s passing. I knew her in college as an endearing, lively, highly intelligent, and very caring person. There were so many people who were fond of Martha. She will be missed by those who knew her and were privileged to have known her. My sincere condolences to her family.

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  14. Bonnie Norman

    I am so sad to hear that this life force is gone from us. Martha passionately loved her family, her friends, and her work. I’m so lucky to have known her since high school and to have reconnected years ago. Every trip home to Minnesota included a dinner or lunch to catch up and laugh and share our highs and lows. She will be missed.

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  15. Steve Courts

    I too am saddened by the news of Martha’s death. I will miss many things about Martha, especially her ability to get to the heart of what mattered. Most of all, however, I will miss her friendship. I could always count on Martha for a positive attitude and outlook that always left me hopeful. I count myself blessed for having the privilege to know her.

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