In Memory

Martha Loy (Luigi)

ROCKPORT, TX - Martha Loy Luigi passed from this life on October 30.1999. She was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 25, 1939 to Walter R. Voges and Stella Bretzke Voges. Martha was 60 years old. She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Luigi (he passed in 2011) , son Mark D. Luigi , daughter Andra S. Luigi , daughter-in-law Mariana Luigi , sister Mary Jacqueline Burke , nephews , Rick and Rodney Burke , niece-in-law Anne Burke , great-niece Krystle Burke and an aunt , Louceyette Voges.

Martha's life was one of love and service to other people. She played saxophone in the Poth High School Band and was drum major of the band. She was twice selected to the honor of playing saxophone in the Texas Music Educators Texas All-State Band. She graduated from high school in 1956 and attended SW Texas University for one year, majoring in Music. She married Jimmie Luigi on June 8, 1957 and moved to Aransas Pass where her new husband was Director of Aransas Pass High School Band. She enrolled in the University of Corpus Christi and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1960 and received her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from University of Texas, Austin in 1976.

That same year she was hired to organize and direct a choral music program for Aransas Pass High School. Her tenure was from 1960 to 1966 and during this time the Aransas Pass High School Choir was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes choir winner. The family moved to Alice, Texas in 1966 where Martha was the director of the Alice High School Choirs from 1966 to 1974. Her choir was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and also won several state and national choir competitions. The family moved to Austin, Texas in 1974 where she was the director of the Crocket High School Choir. From 1974 to 1976 they were a UIL Sweepstakes winner. The family moved to Rockport, Texas in 1976 at which time she became director of the Rockport-Fulton Jr. High and Rockport-Fulton High School Choirs. Under her direction the Rockport Schools became the only choir in the State of Texas to ever receive the honor of both the Junior High School Choir and Senior High School Choir being picked to sing at the prestigious TMEA Texas All-State Choir the same year. The High School Choir earned this honor twice. 

Her choirs in Rockport-Fulton have been consistent UIL Sweepstake contest winners. In 1982 her Rockport-Fulton Choir was invited to, and attended, the prestigious Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. The Rockport-Fulton Choirs have won many state championship awards. They also won the National Choral Adjudicator's Outstanding Choir award at the national contest in Washington, D.C. in 1990. In 1994 her Rockport-Fulton Choir was invited to represent Texas in concert at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy in France. During this trip they also presented a concert at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. In 1999 her Rockport-Fulton choir was invited to take part in the Centennial celebration of Strauss. The Choir did a concert tour of Austria and Germany. 

Martha served as an officer at both Region and State levels in the Texas Music Educators Association. She was a founding officer of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Martha has received many letters of commendation from Governors of the State of Texas, Senators and Congressmen of Texas, and Senators and Congressmen of the United States of America. Many young lives in the state of Texas have been blessed by her love and care.

Thank, you, Dear Lord, for letting her pass our way. The family requests that instead of flowers a donation be made in Martha's name to the American Cancer Society. Due to remodeling of the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Rockport, visitation will be held at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, starting Sunday, 1: 00 PM-9: 00 PM and Monday 8: 00 AM to 9: 00 PM. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 2 , 1999 , 10 : 00 AM at the First Presbyterian , Rockport , TX. Burial will be held Tuesday, November 2, 1999, 3: 00 PM at St. John's Cemetery in Poth, TX

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04/20/21 12:22 PM #1    

Patrice Eicher (Taylor) (1971)

We were blessed to have her in Alice for a short period of time.  She made a profound impact on my musical life, and I am proud to have been directed by her for 2 years!  Rest In Peace, Mrs Luigi.


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