Just recently, one of the “regulars” at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City passed away – Martha Keserich-Vance, known to most as Martha Nash.

I thank Patty Nocek of the La Porte County Health Department for sharing Martha’s obituary. Martha sang regularly at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City with the Mickey Isley band and also at the Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms in Chicago. She was well-known for her renditions of “The Muffin Man”, “Sugar Blues” and “I’ll Be Seeing You”. Of course, in demand at all of her appearances was her favorite song “Martha” and the audiences always expected her rendition at every performance.

La Porte County Historian FERN EDDY SCHULTZ can be contacted at netster@csinet.net.

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