Martha Louise Douce Maniaci
May 10, 1931 ‒ December 27, 2020
Martha Louise Douce Maniaci, age 89, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her daughter’s home.
Martha was born in Marion, Ohio on May 10, 1931 to the late Elmer Jay and Mildred Inez (Allen) Douce. Martha attended Harding High School graduating in 1949. Shortly after graduating, Martha married the love of her life, Joseph A. Maniaci II on July 4, 1950.
Together Martha and Joe owned and operated The Martha Douce Dance Studio of Ohio and Maniaci’s Super Market. Martha was previously The Midwest Director of Dance Educators of America and involved with League of Women Voters and The Junior Service Guild. She was a proud parent of Marion Catholic Booster’s Club and Marion Catholic Parents Guild. Martha was awarded recognition for Children’s Hospital in Columbus for her efforts in raising $90,000 for Leukemia thru the Mike Rollins Dances with Martha Douce Dance Club. In the 1970’s Martha was awarded One of the Ten Most Distinguished Women in Ohio, Marion’s Most Distinguished Award in the 1980’s and in 2019 was a Marion Made Honoree.
Being a woman of faith, Martha was a long time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion where she enjoyed being involved with Liturgical Dance.
Martha will be missed by many for her fashion sense always full of sparkles, feathers and sequins and her ability to make others smile. Always ready for dancing, Martha loved teaching baton twirling, ballet, tap, jazz, and ballroom and up until recently she would dance the Cupid Shuffle any chance she had.
Above all, Martha loved her large family. She will be deeply missed by her children, Joseph A. (Kari) Maniaci III, Marilyn K. (Russell) McBride III, LuAnn L. (Kevan) Hartman, and Suzanne N. (Tom) Harris; grandchildren, Autumn (fiancé, Jeff Deeter), Russell (Kathy) McBride IV, Heidi (Sean) Dodsworth, Brittany (Adam) Issler, Christopher (Kristin) Hartman, Chantress (Aaron) Cook, Courtney (Evan) Miller, Trevor (Kalie) Harris, Cody (Kathleen) Harris, Ryan Maniaci, Leah Maniaci; great grandchildren, Nadalee Smith, Bobby Husted, Adam John Issler, Peyton Husted, Caleb Issler, Paxton Dodsworth, Mya McBride, Reagan Dodsworth, Emma Cook, Russell McBride V, Hayden Miller, Emersyn Miller, McKinley Miller, Sutton Cook, Trenton Harris, Paislee Cook, Harper Hartman, Sawyer Miller, Trace Harris, and Caroline Harris; great-great grand grandchildren, Kezia Bailey and Kanan Bailey; along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Martha is preceded in death by her siblings, Dale Douce, Don Douce, Grace Wood Mack, and Warren Douce.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Kyle Tennant presiding and can be viewed by visiting https://www.facebook.com/SaintMaryMarionOhio on Saturday January 2, 2021 at 10:30 am. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
A celebration of Martha’s life will be hosted by her children on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 1 until 5 pm at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 1232 E. Center St. Marion.
We will be gathering to share some of our favorite stories and memories that have urged us to laugh or cry as we honor a wonderful person who is greatly missed…Martha Douce Maniaci.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations may be made in Martha’s honor to The Marion Community Foundation in care of The Joe and Martha Douce Maniaci Memorial Fund. Donations may be mailed to The Marion Community Foundation 504 S State St, Marion, OH 43302 or online by visiting www.marioncommunityfoundation.org. This Fund has been created to carry on the legacy of our awesome parents.
The family would like to thank Shannon Kellogg and the staff at Presidential Post-Acute, Tranquility Hospice: Adam, Kate, Michelle and Cee-Cee, Dr. Mark Piacentin, Kristin Browning CNP and Dr. Bob Singh for the loving care they showed for Martha. We would also like to thank Martha’s health care professional grandchildren who assisted in bringing her home and caring for her in her last days, St. Mary Church, Marion and Father Kyle Tennant.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel are honored to serve Martha’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.