Martha “Pauline” Wertz

May 18, 1916 ‒ February 16, 2012

Mount Gilead and formerly of Edison, Ohio

Martha “Pauline” Wertz, age 95, of Mount Gilead and formerly of Edison, went to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, February 16, 2012, at the Woodside Village Care Center following a relatively brief illness.

On May 18, 1916, Pauline was born at home just west of Edison, the eldest daughter of seven children of the late Fred and Annis Elizabeth (Campbell) Wertz. She attended the Edison School system until she had to stay home due to problems she was having with her vision.

A very dedicated worker, Pauline first started working at the Globe Hotel in Mount Gilead for 3 years. She then worked in assembly at North Electric in Mount Gilead and Galion for over 30 years. Lastly, she worked at Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield for 9 years, until her retirement in 1982.

A woman of deep faith, Pauline was an active and devoted member of the Edison United Methodist Church for most of her life. For over 50 years, she taught their adult Sunday School class, and she had also served as their lay leader and was lay delegate to the East Ohio Conference for 14 years. She belonged to the Woman’s Organization at the church, and was honored to have been voted as their woman of the year in 2000. Further, she also served on their administrative board, and excelled in dart ball in their church league.

In addition to serving the church, Pauline served the community as a part of the Flamingo Twig volunteer group for the Morrow County Hospital Auxiliary in many capacities. She also was their television chairman for 5 years.

Having a green thumb, Pauline enjoyed taking care of her “small orchard” and she especially “loved to raise roses”.

Known as the “roll lady”, Pauline thoroughly enjoyed baking 1200 to 1300 dozen crescent rolls a year. She always made sure they were served fresh, waking up as early as 3:00 a.m. to begin preparing them for the day. She also sent her beloved rolls in care packages to her many family and friends near and far.

With a love for traveling, Pauline was always ready to hop in the car and go on a road trip. She especially enjoyed her travels with her family and a group of women from North Electric.

“A prolific letter writer”, Pauline kept everyone in her family updated and in touch through her letters. She sent them for most every occasion.

Always putting the needs of others before her own, Pauline dedicated her life to her Lord, and her family and friends. Many of her nieces and nephews thought of her like they would a grandmother, and endearingly called her “Aunt Polly”. She was also beloved at her church, and she would selflessly do church and nursing home visitations, and help the elderly any way she could.

Including her church family, she will be missed by three sisters: Mary Armbruster of Lancaster, PA, Virginia Moore of Xenia, and Wanda Rezac of Sidney, NE; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by three siblings: Freda Wire, Dorothy King, and William “Bill” Wertz.

Visiting hours for Pauline will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her homecoming will also be held there on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., with Celebrant Don Lockwood and Pastor Matt Skelton officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edison United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Morrow County and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

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