Martha Lynn Massarelli, 69, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 25.
She was born to L.D. and Clara (Garstka) Delaney on Jan. 26, 1943 in North Little Rock. She attended Saint Mary Catholic School in North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School. She attended University of Arkansas at Monticello where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, the college newspaper staff and was a Boll Weevil Cheerleader. She entered the United States Army in 1963 and was stationed in Fort Lee, Va.
She worked in the medical field for thirty years as an Insurance Claims Specialist and Office Administrator. She served as a Girl Scout Leader, substitute teacher and Jaycettes Chairman. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association where she served as President, Publicity- Co Chairman, Education Chairman, and Spring National Conference Ways and Means Chairman and was the 1993 Valentine Queen, 1994 Chapter Woman of the Year, 1998 National Friendship Star Guard Award. She was selected as a 2001 and 2002 Top Ten Business Woman in FWB. She served Okaloosa County Schools as a student mentor, was a volunteer for the Bridgeway Crisis Line, Okaloosa County Special Olympics, and a member of Zonta International, Sons of Italy and Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Senior Citizen Group serving as President and Vice-President. She served as 2011 hostess of the Tuscarawas County Italian American Festival.
She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father in-law, Victor and Virginia Massarelli.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Massarelli of New Philadelphia, Ohio; children, Victorine Scharnhorst and husband Steve of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa Thompson and husband Kevin of Brentwood, Tenn., Michael Massarelli and wife Janna Corsicana, Texas, Jason Massarelli and wife Mary of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; grandchildren, Emily Scharnhorst of Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Scharnhorst of Okaloosa Island, Fla., Delaney Thompson, Harper Thompson, Benjamin Massarelli, Anna Massarelli, Anthony Massarelli, Mackenzie Massarelli and Julia Massarelli; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Ohio, Arkansas and Florida.
A funeral was held Wednesday, Jan. 30, Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphi, with Father Jeff Coning officiating.
The family requests memorial be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or to ABWA Emerald Coast Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 731, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549.
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