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Martha Lebold


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Martha Lebold Obituary
Lebold, Martha
1926 - 2017
Martha Louise Helwick Lebold, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. Born in Erie, Pa on February 17, 1926 to Allegra and Theodore Helwick. She was raised in Syracuse, NY. She moved to Bolivar, Ohio after high school graduation to live with her grandparents Jacob E. and Julia Helwick. She was introduced to her future husband, Don G Lebold, at a square dance by her cousin Ann Helwick (Phillipi). She attended Capital University. Don and she were married in Bolivar at St. Johns E&R Church in November 1948. They started married life in farming with his father outside of Bolivar. They raised 2 sons, David and Philip. Don began working with the USDA Soil and Water Conservation Service and they began moving. They lived in Tuscarawas, Carroll and Fairfield counties. They lived in Lancaster, Ohio from 1962 to 2006. Martha was always active in her United Church of Christ Church where ever she lived, serving as a Sunday school teacher, her local women's guild, a delegate to her area UCC association meetings, a delegate to the UCC conference annual meetings, served on many UCC state committees, and served on the board of the National Board of Homeland Ministries for the UCC. One of her favorite events was going to Lantern Fellowship each spring and fall at Pilgrim Hills church camp. This is a spiritual workshop for women that really energized her spiritual needs. Martha was a person who really lived her faith. She inherited her mother 's independent spirit. She was always looking for a lonely person needing love and a friend. She made many over the years. She disliked gossip and always found the best in everyone. She looked for programs and organizations designed to help the less fortunate. She worked selling SERVE products, was active in several Habitat houses, was a member of the Peace Group of Lancaster, helped start the local PFLAG organization, was a docent at the Decorative Arts Center, was a supporter of Planned Parenthood, and many other social justice organizations. She loved to travel and saw most of the USA, went to Europe, Japan, and walked on the Great Wall of China. When Don died in 2001, she decided that it was now time for her to move forward with her life. She sold her home in Lancaster and moved to Wesley Ridge Retirement Center in Reynoldsburg in Nov 2006. She was now just "Marty Lebold". She quickly made many new friends at Parkside, still seeking out lonely people to befriend. She kept current with the news. She loved to walk around the Wesley Ridge campus after supper. Her walks lead to her first fall and a broken wrist. This began a medical decline in her health. She never complained in all her later years. She still made new friends and tried to help others to feel better. She never focused on herself. She lived her life full of God's Grace and actively practiced her Christian belief. She lived a good life and died knowing that she was still moving forward in a new direction. She is survived by her sons, David and Philip (Joe Riggs). There will be 2 memorial services: one at Wesley Kimes Chapel at Wesley Ridge Retirement Center, 2225 Taylor Park Drive, Reynoldsburg on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. and one at Grace United Church of Christ, 1185 Pleasantville Rd. in Lancaster on Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. The family will greet friends 1 hour before and after each service. Interment will take place in Bolivar at Fort Laurens Cemetery on Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Per Marty's directives in lieu of flowers, you may send a contribution in her memory to one of the following: Wesley Ridge Foundation, 2225 Taylor Park Dr., Reynoldsburg, Oh 43068, Grace United Church of Christ, 1185 Pleasantville Rd., Lancaster, OH 43130, Habitat for Humanity, or Planned Parenthood. LEBOLD-SMITH FUNERAL HOME in Bolivar is handling arrangements. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's website to share a memory and sign the guest register. Smith-Varns, 330-874-3113. www.smithfuneral.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 25 to July 26, 2017
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