She was born May 21, 1937, in Mansfield, and was at St. Anthony’s Orphanage before being legally adopted by her parents, Walter and Rose (Sattig) Mathews. Martha was a 1955 graduate of St. Paul High School. She married the love of her life, Leo Smith, Aug. 4, 1956. They spent 63 wonderful years together.
Martha worked at Norwalk Furniture in the Order Department, and owned the Invention Restaurant in Milan with her husband, Leo, for 18 years. Leo and Martha were a team, together they also owned Martha’s Catering for 28 years and Martha was always willing to lend a hand on the farm. Upon retirement, Martha volunteered at St. Paul’s Festival, cooking for over 20 years. She helped organize and run the festival with Leo for many years as well. She was also part of the, “heavenly dusters” church cleaning team, and had participated in over 20 senior retreats. After her many years of service, in 2014, Martha was inducted into the St. Paul Hall of Fame. She was also a Fisher-Titus Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, and past president.
Martha enjoyed traveling, especially to Poinsettia Park, Fla., in the winter months, and on bus trips with friends from Hunter’s Glen. She also loved card club and playing keyboard. She was the assistant resident activities director at Norwalk Memorial Home where she was a resident for two years, and she was very proud to earn the title of 2019 Norwalk Memorial Home Queen as well as the 2019 Huron County Senior Queen of the Huron County Fair.
She is survived by her loving husband, Leo; children, Robert (Nancy) Dilger, David (Marla) Smith, Patricia (Jack) O’Neil, Jeanette Mack, Joseph Smith, and Dr. Gregory (Amy) Smith; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers in-law, Eugene (Barb) Smith and Robert (Chris) Smith; sisters in-law, Loretta Vargo and Joyce (Larry) Jones; and by many nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Mathews; father, Walter Mathews; sister, Olive Kiefer; brother, Michael Sutter; and brother-in-law, Donald Vargo.
Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. Norwalk. A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, with Msgr. Kenneth Morman and the Rev. Andrew Wellllmann officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Monroeville.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to FCEDO (Firelands Catholic Economic Development Office), 93 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be expressed by visiting walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.