Martha E. Sweeney
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Martha E. Sweeney

Martha E. Sweeney, 96, of Petrolia, PA joined her loving husband Ralph "Tim" in heaven Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Martha was born on Nov. 13, 1922 to Harry C. Miller and Jane K. Creeks.

Martha was a lifelong resident of Petrolia and a lifelong member of the Petrolia Presbyterian Church where she was the choir director for many years. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing duets with her husband. Martha was a member of the Eastern Star and was an avid golfer and bowler. She loved her Pittsburgh sports teams. Martha worked in the cafeteria in many of the area schools over the years for the Karns City School District. She will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother and great-grandmother with her focus always on her family.

Martha's memory will be cherished by her daughters, Kathleen L. Bowser of Petrolia and Patricia C. Craig and her husband, Edward of Chicora; son-in-law, Ben Zappa of Ridgway; grandchildren, Debra Gamble, Bette Landgraf, Patrick Sweeney, Tedd Sweeney, Carri Karenbauer, Joel Bowser, Dustin Bowser and wife, Kayla, Jarod Craig and wife Nicole, Natalie Deal and husband, Terry and Matthew Craig and wife, Jill; 11 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Martha's family would like to thank her special caregivers, Bette Landgraf (granddaughter), Jeanne Kepple, Heather Shelkey and Sherry Smith for their loving care and support.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph B. "Tim" Sweeney, whom she married on August 16, 1940 and who passed away on Aug. 6, 1993; her son, Thomas P. Sweeney; her daughter, Cheryl S. Zappa; brothers, Jack, Robert and William Miller; and a sister, Dorothy Walker. Martha was the last surviving member of her family.

The family will receive friends from 4 -8 PM on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, Inc., 102 Argyle St., Petrolia, PA.

Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday on August 13, 2019, at the Petrolia Presbyterian Church, 107 S. Argyle Street, Petrolia, PA with Pastor Jim Lewis officiating.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Martha's honor to Karns City Regional Ambulance Service, 110 Jamison St., Petrolia, PA 16050.

Interment will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, PA.

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