Martha Marie Kovalenko, 78, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church.
She was born September 7, 1940, in Moorhead, Minnesota, to the late Robert and Eunice Robideau.
Martha was raised in Minnesota and married Gerald in 1959, initially living in Fargo, North Dakota. They moved to Ridgecrest, California, in 1962, and lived there 17 years. In 1978, the family moved to Virginia, where she worked for the Department of Navy as a Manager of International Programs until retiring in 1996. In retirement she lived in Warrenton for more than 20 years with her husband Gerald.
Martha enjoyed artistic endeavors, such as crafting, sewing and drawing. She especially enjoyed singing in the Warrenton Chorale, participating for many years in the seasonal concerts. In more recent years, she took to bird watching and growing a wide array of flowers at home.
Martha is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Gerald E. Kovalenko; three children, Teresa L. Kovalenko-Sinclair and husband Steve Sinclair of Warrenton, Robert J. Kovalenko of Warrenton, and Jean M. Prater and husband Scott Prater of Leesburg; three grandchildren, Daniel A. Davila and wife Rosa of Alexandria, Amanda M. Prater-Howe and husband Jesse Howe of Purcellville, and Zachary A. Prater and wife Emily of Purcellville, and great grandson, Daniel A. Davila Jr. of Alexandria.
In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her brother Mike Robideau.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 22, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at the funeral home chapel, followed by a reception at Warrenton Baptist Church. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Fort Liberte
, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital
or the Fauquier SPCA
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com