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Martha Cashman — Northfield – Post

Martha Mary Cashman, age 63, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2017.

Martha was born on Nov. 14, 1953, in Owatonna to Charles E. and Barbara A. Cashman as the fourth of 10 children. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1972. Martha received her B.A. in communications and then her master’s 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 US AID. There she met her future husband, Thomas Winn, of Blooming Prairie, who she married on July 6, 1984. Martha and Tom continued their adventure together by working for US AID in Jamaica for the next four 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, Calif., 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 four or five 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, Ariz.; her siblings, Charlie (Donna) Cashman, of Virginia Beach, Va., Ann Neuenfeldt, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kristin Cashman, of Minneapolis, Matthew (Karen) Cashman, of Elko, Michael Cashman (CJ), of Edina, Noah (Paula) Cashman, of Northfield, and Mia (Paul) Reavis, of Benson, Ariz.; 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, Dec. 16, at the United Church of Christ in Northfield, Minn.

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 St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Arrangements are with the Benson Langehough Funeral Home.

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