Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Martha E. Leuthold, 91, of rural Bucyrus, passed away March 15, 2014, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Lykens Twp. to Mervin D. and Naomi R. Hoss Brown. On Sept. 18, 1943, she married Albert F. Leuthold, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his death on June 5, 2004.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra (Frank) Snyder, Celina; a son, Michael (Barbara) Leuthold, Bloomville; six grandchildren, Nathan (Sabrina) Leuthold, Amy (Ryan) Hughes, Carmon (Adam) Walter, Jason Snyder, Ryan (Lisa) Snyder and Aaron Snyder; six great-grandchildren, Noah, Christian and Olivia Leuthold, Connor Hartline, Kennedie Hughes and Riley Snyder; two sisters, Ruth (Carl) Cotsamire and Donna Morton; one brother, Richard (Joyce) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Lula and Kenneth Hawk, a brother-in-law, James Morton; and an infant sister, Mary Leona.
She was one of 11 graduates of the 1941 class of Chatfield High School, which had the first driver's education class in a public school in the state of Ohio. After graduation, she attended Marion Business School and then worked as a secretary at Commercial Steel Castings in Marion. Her primary vocation was as a farmer's wife and mother on their Just-A-Mere Farm, but she also held short jobs at Nickel's bakery and the hospital, cooked at the sheriff's office, and assisted Albert as custodian of the former Epworth United Methodist Church for many years. Active at Epworth UM Church, she belonged to the Mary & Martha Class and the United Methodist Women and was Sunday School secretary for many years.
She was noted for having a flock of chickens for over 60 years, selling the brown eggs and the homemade angel food cakes, which were prized by those lucky to have received one (and there were many). She enjoyed cooking for family, friends and farm hands; her Sunday specialty was beef roast with gravy and real mashed potatoes. She and her family always attended, and sometimes hosted, the annual family reunions, supplying the much anticipated homemade lemonade for the Leuthold gathering. Out of town friends and family were always welcome to visit or stay at their home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bucyrus United Methodist Church, the Rev. Don Kraps officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, Bucyrus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bucyrus United Methodist Church or Home Care Matters Home Health and Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at munzpirnstill.com.