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Myers Funeral Home

415 N Lee Street, Markle, IN

OBITUARY

Martha J. Gearhart

August 25, 1922August 4, 2020

SERVICE UPDATE! DUE TO ROAD RESURFACING IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH. THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE MYERS FUNERAL HOME, MARKLE CHAPEL.

Martha J. Gearhart, 97 of Markle passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Markle Health and Rehabilitation Center. Martha was a 1940 graduate of East Rock Creek High School. She had worked at Houser Engineering and later she worked at Square D/Schneider Electric for several years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Markle United Methodist Church. She was a current member of the Eastern Star of the Waynedale Chapter. She volunteered at Bluffton Regional Medical Center for over 12 years, volunteered at Wells County Community Hospital and the Bargain Hut in Bluffton. Martha also delivered Meals on Wheels for several years.

Martha was born on August 25, 1922 in Wells County, the daughter of the late Karl L. and Velva Mae (Houtz) Ake.

She was united in marriage to Herbert “Paul” Gearhart on November 20, 1941 in Uniondale. Paul preceded her in death on October 18, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter: Cindy (Bill) Stoffel of Roanoke; a son: Gregg Gearhart of Markle; four grandchildren: Tom (Jessie) Stoffel, Joe (Alicia) Stoffel, Melissa Anderson, Brenton Gearhart and four great grandchildren: Tristan Anderson, Annalyss Anderson, Chesney Anderson and Elena Stoffel.

She was preceded in death by a brother: Karl L. Ake.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee Street, Markle, Indiana. We will be following the CDC’s guidelines for Social Distancing and Social Gathering Limits.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the FUNERAL HOME, Markle, Indiana.

Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made out to Markle United Methodist Church in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.

  • FAMILY

  • Cindy (Bill) Stoffel, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Gregg Gearhart, Son
  • Herbert "Paul" Gearhart, Husband (deceased)
  • Karl L. Ake, Father (deceased)
  • Velva M. (Houtz) Ake, Mother (deceased)
  • Karl L. Ake, Brother (deceased)
  • Four grandchildren: Tom (Jessie) Stoffel, Joe (Alicia) Stoffel, Melissa Anderson, Brenton Gearhart and four great grandchildren: Tristan Anderson, Annalyss Anderson, Chesney Anderson and Elena Stoffel

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Stoffel
  • Joe Stoffel
  • Brenton Gearhart
  • Roger Ake
  • Tristan Anderson
  • Gene Donaghy
  • DONATIONS

  • Markle United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

  • Additional Visitation

    Monday, August 10, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 10, 2020

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Valerie Wilson Jackson

August 19, 2020

Gearhart family, I met Martha at Markle Health in 2016. I was there for rehab following surgery. They were having a musical program one evening and Martha introduced herself. What a sweet, lovely lady she was. May God comfort you in the coming days. I know she left you precious memories to cherish.

God bless you Martha.

Valerie Jackson, Ossian

Vicki Sparks

August 6, 2020

I got to know "Martha Jane " & Paul when I worked at Wehr Into Flowers in the Markle mall. I would later see her as she volunteered at Bluffton Regional hospital. Of course fondest memories are visiting with her at Markle Healthcare when we would visit Jim's mom and my Dad. She was always sharp as a tack and always updated me on all her family. Our thoughts and prayers are for all the family at this time. Vicki and Jim Sparks

Neenah Botts Dressler

August 6, 2020

Cindy and Gregg, sorry for your loss.
I have fond memories of your mom and dad and the two of you while growing up just a few houses away. My mom and your mom spoke often on the phone especially later in life. Your mom was special to a lot of people and was so giving of her time. She will be fondly remembered by many, including me.
Neenah (Botts) Dressler

Bruce Myers

August 6, 2020

Dear Cindy & Gregg,
Your parents were the best neighbors I could ever have. Mom was the sweetest person and her years at Markle Health Care she was always a joy to talk to and had such a great smile. Dad made a stable for Linda's Nativity and would even help me unload caskets at the funeral home. My prayers and thoughts are with the two of you during this difficult time. You had the best parents ever!
Bruce Myers

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