Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin

Nov. 7, 1930-Aug. 18, 2019

LIMA — Ruth Martin, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday.

Ruth was born Nov, 7, 1930, in Putnam County to August H. and Caroline (Pohl) Utrup, who preceded her in death.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1950, she married William (Bill) Martin, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2016.

She is survived by five sons, Daniel (Mary Jane) of Amelia, Michael (Connie) Martin of Bellefontaine, Thomas (Karen) Martin and Stephen (Louise) Martin of Elida and Richard (Lori) Martin of Dublin; one daughter, Rebecca (Kevin) Hils of Bronx, New York; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Irene Utrup; one brother Edwin Utrup; and many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Roman and Arthur Utrup; two sisters, Loretta Hollar and Wilma Springer; grandchild Katelyn Marie Martin; and a great grandchild, Benjamin Logan Dragotta.

Ruth volunteered at St. Gerard’s cafeteria and worked as head cook for about five years. She was a member of Eagles Aux. 370 former member of VFW, Elks 54 Aux. and American Legion Aux #96. She belonged to St. Gerard Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Society.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the St. Gerard Catholic Church. the Rev. Mike Sergi officiating. Burial will be beside her husband at Gethsemani Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, followed by a Parish Wake service at 7:30 p.m.; and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gerard Catholic Church.

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