Elizabeth Dee Martz, 68, Stevens Point, a former longtime director of the American Suzuki Institute (ASI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, after a battle with cancer.
A private burial will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Forest Cemetery in Stevens Point.
A service to celebrate her life will be held later.
Donations may be made to Ministry Home Care-Hospice of Stevens Point (make checks out to Ministry Home Care-Hospice and mail to Hospice Donations, 2501 Main St. Suite A, Stevens Point, WI 54481, or call 800-398-1297); the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Marshfield (type American Cancer Society Hope Lodge-Marshfield into the computer browser and click on the “Donate to this Hope Lodge” button, or mail checks to ACS Hope Lodge, 611 W. Doege St., Marshfield, WI 54449 or call 800-227-2345); or the Aber Suzuki Center scholarship fund (call 715-346-3033).
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Martz was born April 25, 1945, in Ann Arbor, Mich., a daughter of Ruth O. (Barnes) Root and the late Paul A. Root. At age 14 she began playing and teaching viola. Her viola teachers included Nathan Gordon while she was in high school and David Dawson and Irving Ilmer in college.
She attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music majoring in music.
She was married to Brian Martz Sept. 23, 1966.
They lived in Germany for a year while he was in the U.S. Army and later spent two-and-a-half years in Lima, Perú, where both played in the National Symphony Orchestra of Perú.
In 1975 they returned to Bloomington, Ind., where he pursued doctoral studies in music, and she became a full time homemaker.
The family moved to Stevens Point in 1978 when he took a position in the music department at UWSP.
The next year she began teaching viola part time in the music department, which she continued doing throughout her career and into her retirement until her recent illness.
She was appointed director of the Conservatory for Creative Expression, the College of Fine Arts outreach program, in the early 1980s. In 1984 she was appointed assistant director of the ASI and the American Suzuki Talent Education Center, now the Aber Suzuki Center (ASC). Two years later she was appointed director, a position she held for 23 years, retiring in 2009.
During her years in Stevens Point she was also the principal violist in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and played in many chamber music concerts with music department colleagues.
After retiring from her position as director of ASC and ASI, she played for two summers in the South Beach Up North chamber music festival in Wausau.
Throughout her career she was active as a Suzuki teacher outside Stevens Point, as well, teaching at Suzuki workshops in Salt Lake City, Chicago, North Carolina, British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Perú, Australia and Alaska, among others. She also served two terms on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Alyssa (Matthew) Brewer, Baraboo; two sons, Paul (Christine), Harrisburg, Pa., and Daniel (Mandy), Whitefish Bay; her mother, Ruth Root, Sarasota, Fla.; four sisters, Peggy (Paul) Quinn, Stillwater, Minn., Cathy (Mike) McInerney, Sterling Heights, Mich., Tracy (Henry) Weck, Memphis, Tenn., and Cindy Breault, Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.