Martha D. Hoover, 94 years young, of Steelton, was welcomed into Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 21, 2017, surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter, Karen and son-in-law, Christopher.
Martha, the daughter of Homer and Celia Diveley, was a 1941 graduate of Arendtsville High School. After working for the Steelton-Highspire School District, Martha went to work for the Commonwealth of PA, Department of Revenue, where she retired in 1987. She was a faithful member of Centenary United Methodist Church, a former Girl Scout Leader of Troop 954, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Hoover; her son, John F. Hoover II; grandson, Ryan L. Mohn; son-in-law, Ronald L. Mohn, Jr.; and sisters, Mary Spence, Esther Eisenhart and Ruth Sease. Martha was a devoted wife and mother and is survived by daughters, Pamela LaVia (Robert), Jacqueline Norbrey, Karen Hoover (Christopher Sulzer), Roberta Malinak (Douglas), and Alison Mohn, all of Steelton. She also was the grandmother of Mark LaVia (Stephanie), Michelle Lacy (Sean), Erin LaVia, Stephen Norbrey, and Cristen Hill (Jordan); great grandmother to seven, and great great grandmother to one. She is survived by two sisters, Vashti Humanick and Vannie (Samuel) Sollenberger; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Martha was a woman of deep faith and strength, and shared and showed both through much of her life. She was busy raising six children, but still found time to perfect her cooking skills, making many homemade family recipes that will be cherished and passed on. She was also known for knitting voluminous dish cloths, which she shared with all who crossed her path, and honed in on her crossword puzzle skills on a daily basis while her side-kick, Heidi, looked on.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 am in Centenary United Methodist Church, 1010 Orchard Dr., Oberlin. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in Wiedeman Funeral Home, 357 S. Second St., Steelton and on Friday from 9:30 am until 11:00 am in her church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Ryan Lee Mohn Memorial Foundation, 529 Pine St., Steelton, PA 17113.. Special thanks to Homeland Hospice especially her nurse Cathy, aide Tera, respite caregiver Nean, Jim, Beth and Pastors Anne and John.