Martha Beckenholdt: A passion for giving


Martha Beckenholdt launched a legacy when she donated $1 million to the Hancock County Community Foundation in 1993. Ron Pritzke (standing at far left), says the gift, which is still sustaining grants and scholarships today, helped establish the fledgling foundation%u2019s credibility. The philanthropist%u2019s generosity also helped the city of Greenfield establish a park that has been recognized for its nature trails and wetland areas. (File photo)

GREENFIELD — For Martha Beckenholdt, a business, civic and philanthropic leader, it was always about someone else – never about her.

Beckenholdt died Friday at Westminster Village retirement community in Muncie. She was 98. During her long tenure in Hancock County, she left a legacy of endowments, scholarships, service and even a park in the form of Beckenholdt Family Park in Greenfield.

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