Mary T. Maertins
April 26, 1918 ‒ June 21, 2009
MANSFIELD~ Some people live to be served, and others live to serve. The latter so aptly describes Mary T. Maertins. “Her life’s work was helping others. She was so very unselfish and giving.”
Described as an angel-on-earth, her time was finished Sunday afternoon, as she passed away following a long illness. She was 91.
Born Mary Tindera Ruggeri on April 26, 1918 in Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, to Carmello and Carmella (Constantine) Ruggeri, she came to this country at the age of seven aboard the SS Concertina.
At one time, Mary had worked with the former Archway Bakery in Ashland.
She was a member of Seventh-day Adventist Church, and formerly headed the welfare center of the church. She also gave numerous Bible studies through the Mansfield church. Mary lived her faith. She found joy in helping a total stranger, giving no thought for herself or her own needs, only the needs of others and her desire to bring them to Jesus.
Mary lived twenty years in Nokomis, Florida before returning to Mansfield.
Mary loved and revered the Lord, who blessed her with wonderful artistic talent. She enjoyed writing and designing floral arrangements.
“The best mother anyone could be blessed with” she cherished her family, which includes her daughter Rosemary Ferrell and her son Fred D. Ferrell both of Mansfield; grandchildren Edward F. Adams, Timothy R. Adams, Jill L. Desterhaft, Kathleen Ridenour, Anita Penley, Jill Sipes and Susan Cooper; ten great grandchildren; brothers John Ruggeri of Wooster, Phillip Ruggeri of Dover, Nick and Joseph Ruggeri of Virginia and David Ruggeri of Texas; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hans Maertins.
The funeral service will be held Friday, June 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. in Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1040 West Cook Road, Mansfield, with Pastor Edward Marton officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Maertins Family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mansfield Seventh-day Adventist Church.