Martha Bitzegaio

November 12, 1925September 30, 2017

Martha Ellen Trout Bitzegaio, 91, passed away on Saturday, September 30th at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. Born on November 12, 1925, in Cory, Indiana, she was the daughter of Clarence William Trout and Winifred Gilliatt Trout.

A graduate and valedictorian of Staunton High School, Martha attended Indiana State University where she earned a teaching degree in home economics. While at ISU she met her future husband, William “Bill” Bitzegaio of Hymera, Indiana, and they married in July of 1947. As ISU alumni, Martha and Bill were avid fans of ISU sports and academics. She became a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority while at ISU and enjoyed the lifelong friendships that developed from that affiliation.

Martha taught school for a number of years, concluding that portion of her career at Schulte High School. She and Bill were both real estate brokers and owned a realty company for several years in Terre Haute, specializing in Florida properties as well as local real estate. She had a lengthy career at General Housewares of Terre Haute, where she served as “Ginny Houser,” consumer problem solver and advocate for the company.

She loved to travel and visited Cuba at the age of 90, the site of her honeymoon with Bill in 1947. She and her husband visited Europe together and met family members from the Bitzegaios of Germany. Their business and professional travels took them to Chicago, Florida and many other spots in the U.S.

Martha was active in numerous groups, such as Sweet Adelines, MOAA, TOBIES, and the Sycamore Country Club. She was a devoted fan (“groupie”) of the Four Freshmen, traveling many miles, including a jazz cruise, to participate in their shows. She has a front row ticket to their upcoming show at Hatfield Hall.

Martha is survived by her three children Beth Bitzegaio (Michael Stickney), Chicago; Barry (Barb) Bitzegaio, New Albany; and John (Bev) Bitzegaio, Staunton. Grandchildren Eric (Caitlin) Bitzegaio, Jersey City; Anne Bitzegaio, New Albany; and Ryan (Kristen) Bitzegaio and their children, Ethan and Will, Myrtle Beach. “Gigi” enjoyed her role as great-grandma to Ethan and Will, who loved her whacky gifts and sense of humor. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, as they prepared to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July 1998. She is also preceded in death by her parents, grandson Kyle Bitzegaio, and sister June (Harry) Mormans.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Thomas Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vigo County Education Foundation. Online condolences may be made at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Jay Schoonover

November 25, 2017

John and Bev, I am so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. She was a wonderful friend and companion to my mom, for which we are very grateful. Her warmth extended itself such that she was the only visitor who my mom's cat liked! Hope to see you both at the next South Vigo reunion (we won't talk about how many years it's been . . . ). Best to you and your families,

Lisa Webster

October 8, 2017

So sorry to hear of Martha's passing, she was quite a character. I met her when she was in the nursing home with Pauline Joslin several years back. I loved to listen to her and Pauline tell stories when they were younger. She attended our Lady Volunteers Dinners quite a bit and I always enjoyed seeing her. She was quite a lady and always had a smile on her face. It was a pleasure to get to know her.

John Moulton

October 7, 2017

Bitz, We were truly saddened to hear of your mom's passing. She was always so cordial and kind the few times we crossed paths. My mother spoke highly of her and enjoyed her company during their various social activities. Please accept our condolence to you and all your family.

Kate Michaw

October 6, 2017

John and Bev....Our thoughts and prayers are with you a this difficult time.I know she had a wonderful full life.Surrounded by loved ones.
Kate and Mark

Michael & Logan Dick

October 5, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Michael & Logan Dick

October 5, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.