Martha Lynn Mas-sarelli, age 69, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in her residence following period of declining health.
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Martha was born to L.D. and Clara (Garstka) Delaney on Jan. 26, 1943, in North Little Rock, Ark. She attended Saint Mary Catholic School in North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1961. She attended Univer-sity of Arkansas at Monti-cello where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, the college newspaper staff and a Boll Weevil Cheer-leader. Martha entered the United States Army in 1963 and was stationed in Fort Lee, Va., where she met and married Victor James "Moose" Massarelli. After several years living in Ohio, she returned to Arkansas with her family and lived there for 19 years before relocating to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1987. Martha returned to New Philadelphia in 2006.
Martha worked in the medical field for thirty years as an Insurance Claims Specialist and Office Administrator. She was an extremely active and giving individual who enjoyed supporting the many communities in which she lived. In Arkan-sas, Martha served as a Girl Scout Leader, substi-tute teacher and Jaycettes Chairman. While living in Fort Walton Beach, Mar-tha was a member of the American Business Women's Association where she served as presi-dent, publicity-co chair-man, education chairman, and Spring National Con-ference Ways and Means chairman and was the 1993 Valentine Queen, 1994 Chapter Woman of the Year, and 1998 National Friendship Star Guard Award. She was selected as a 2001 and 2002 Top Ten Business Woman in Fort Walton Beach. She served Okaloosa County Schools as a student mentor, and was a volunteer for the Bridgeway Crisis Line and Okaloosa County Special Olympics, and a member of Zonta International, Sons of Italy and Beta Sigma Phi. In Ohio, 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.
In addition, Martha was a voracious reader, and enjoyed travelling with her family, scrapbooking, collecting Department 56 Snow Village Neighbor-hoods, clogging and flea marketing.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Mas-sarelli of New Philadel-phia, her children, Vic-torine (Steve) Scharnhorst, Nashville, Tenn., Lisa (Kevin) Thompson, Brent-wood, Tenn., Michael (Janna) Massarelli, Corsi-cana, Texas, Jason (Mary) Massarelli, Gulf Breeze, Fla. Her grandchildren, Emily Scharnhorst, Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Scharnhorst, Okaloosa Island, Fla., Delaney Thompson, Harper Thompson, Benjamin Massarelli, Anna Mas-sarelli, Anthony Mas-sarelli, Mackenzie Mas-sarelli, and Julia Mas-sarelli. She also leaves behind many nieces, neph-ews, cousins and dear friends in Ohio, Arkansas and Florida.
In addition to her par-ents, Martha was preceded in death by her mother and father in-law, Victor and Virginia Massarelli.
Father Jeff Coning will lead a memorial service on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia with the family greeting guests one hour prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. In keeping with Martha's wishes, cremation will take place prior to the service.
Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Martha by visiting the funeral home web-site at www.geibcares.com.
The family requests, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadel-phia, Ohio 44663 or to ABWA Emerald Coast Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 731, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 27, 2013