Obituary for Martha Cashman
Martha Mary Cashman, aged 63 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on October 30, 2017. Martha was born on November 14, 1953, in Owatonna, MN to Charles E. and Barbara A. Cashman as the fourth of ten children. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1972. Martha received her B.A. in Communications and then her Masters in International Agriculture from the University of Minnesota, finishing in 1978. Martha always loved talking to and working with people. She was a natural for a career in communications and sales. She started in corporate communications for Cenex, Inc., before […]
Martha Mary Cashman, aged 63 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on October 30, 2017.
Martha was born on November 14, 1953, in Owatonna, MN to Charles E. and Barbara A. Cashman as the fourth of ten children. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1972. Martha received her B.A. in Communications and then her Masters in International Agriculture from the University of Minnesota, finishing in 1978. Martha always loved talking to and working with people. She was a natural for a career in communications and sales. She started in corporate communications for Cenex, Inc., before seeking the adventure of an international career working in The Gambia for USAID. There she met her future husband, Thomas Winn of Blooming Prairie, MN, who she married on July 6, 1984. Martha and Tom continued their adventure together by working for USAID in Jamaica for the next 4 years. Missing home, Martha and Tom returned to Minnesota in 1988 where they lived in St. Louis Park and enjoyed raising their two children, Kimesha and Peter. Martha worked for Land O’ Lakes for the next 15 years as the Vice President for International Development and Sales. Martha traveled the world for Land O’ Lakes, and especially enjoyed her work in off-the-beaten track developing world locations. She loved helping people improve their agricultural skills in numerous Central and West African countries, Russia, Poland, Pakistan, India and Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia. She developed close friends from all backgrounds around the world, along with a keen eye and passion for collecting aboriginal and indigenous art that she loved to display at home. Martha took her international agricultural development skills to Carlsbad, California, where she worked to develop new product preservation technology as the Senior Vice President of International Development and Sales for Sure Beam, Inc. In 2005, Minnesota called again. Tom and Martha moved to Northfield, where she cared for Tom during a long battle with cancer. After Tom passed in 2006, Martha decided to channel her energies toward consulting on international agricultural development issues, senior health care issues as the founder and CEO of Seniors Helping Seniors, and then the infrastructure development challenges facing small towns across the United States as the CEO for the Midwest Assistance Program. In 2012 Martha brought her enthusiasm and talent for community outreach to the Mayo Clinic as the Director of Community Engagement.
Martha was a people person. She loved talking. She was especially passionate about her family, and made her children, Kimesha and Peter, and then her grandchildren, Maroun, Rowan and Brixton, the center of her life. Martha had a big personality and was a natural leader. She particularly enjoyed lively intellectual discussions, especially about politics. She enjoyed art, music, needlepoint, cars, motorcycles, her dogs, and was a “big techy.” You could count on Martha for 4 or 5 Facebook postings every day, and they were almost always thought provoking. Martha did not shy away from controversy.
Survivors include her children Kimesha Winn of Minneapolis, Peter (Emily) Winn of Waconia; her grandchildren Maroun, Rowan and Brixton; her mother Barbara A. Cashman of Scottsdale, Arizona; her siblings Charlie (Donna) Cashman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Ann Neuenfeldt of Scottsdale, Arizona; Kristin Cashman of Minneapolis; Matthew (Karen) Cashman of Elko; Michael Cashman (CJ) of Edina; Noah (Paula) Cashman of Northfield; Mia (Paul) Reavis of Benson, Arizona; her nieces and nephews Nick and Gigi Neuenfeldt; Jesse, Andrew, Eleanor, Grace, Hugh, Caroline and Evan Cashman; Sam, Abe and Zoe Henson; and her in-law George Winn of New Prague. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Winn, her brother Peter Cashman, her sister Sarah Henson, her father the Honorable Charles E. Cashman and her nephew Max Henson.
Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday December 16, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Northfield, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers gifts in memory of Martha can be made to the Mayo Clinic in support of leukemia research at: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com