Martha J. Gearhart

Martha J. Gearhart, 97, of Markle, IN, died Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Markle Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Gearhart was a 1940 graduate of East Rockcreek High School. She had worked at Houser Engineering and later she worked at Square D/Schneider Electric for several years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Markle United Methodist Church, and was a current member of the Eastern Star of the Waynedale Chapter. She volunteered at Bluffton Regional Medical Center for over 12 years, volunteered at Wells County Community Hospital and the Bargain Hut in Bluffton. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for several years.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1922, in Wells County, to Karl L. and Velva M. Houtz Ake. She married Herbert “Paul” Gearhart on Nov. 20, 1941, in Uniondale. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy (Bill) Stoffel, of Roanoke; a son, Gregg Gearhart, of Markle; four grandchildren: Tom (Jessie) Stoffel, Joe (Alicia) Stoffel, Melissa Anderson, and Brenton Gearhart; and four great-grandchildren.

Calling will be held on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee St., Markle. Those in attendance are asked to follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and social gathering limits.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at 10 a.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse St., Markle. Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery.

Memorials may be made out to Markle United Methodist Church in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.

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