Martha A. Thieroff
Martha A. Thieroff

HOLGATE, Ohio — Martha A. Thieroff, 72, of Holgate, passed away on March 8, 2014, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio.

She was born on Jan. 12, 1942, to Lester and Margaret (Siegel) Morris in Lima, Ohio.

On April 23, 1966, she married Lavon Thieroff who preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 2011.

She was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid, and a former Sunday School teacher and past church officer, a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League where she was a former officer, former officer for Thrivent Financial for Lutheran’s, a member of the Village Quilters in Archbold, Ohio. She graduated from York High School near Van Wert, Ohio, and graduated from Findlay College where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Martha worked as a secretary for both Marathon Oil in Findlay and the Ohio Division of Forestry. Martha also traveled to various European countries with the WBGU tour group.

Martha is survived by her son, Steven (Amy) Thieroff of Holgate; brothers, Richard (Joan) Morris of Quebec, Canada, and David (Edith) Morris of Cincinnati, Ohio; sisters, Mary (John) Edie of Arlington, Ohio, and Maggie (Luis) Lopez of Grand Junction, Colo.; granddaughter, Emily Thieroff, and grandsons, Pete Thieroff and Matthew Thieroff.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 2 - 8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio, with the Rev. William Stottlemyer officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Stephen Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Stephen Lutheran Church, CHP Hospice of Defiance, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be given at