Martha Piehowicz

January 4, 1937 - July 11, 2018

01/04/1937 - 07/11/2018

Martha L. Piehowicz, 81 of St. Clairsville, Ohio passed away on July 11, 2018 at Liza’s Place in Wheeling, WV.

The daughter of the late Louis and Bessie (Smoyer) Ruthers She was born January 4, 1937 in Wheeling, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Betty Radcliffe, brothers, Richard, William, James and John Ruthers and a great-grandson, Everett Flor.

Martha is survived by her husband of 62 wonderful years, John A. Piehowicz, her children; Jody (Wood) Lovell of Highlands NC, Gigi (late Dennis) Zaccagnini of St. Clairsville, OH, Jan (Trent) Arnold of Crawford, GA and Dr. John (Caroline) Piehowicz of Cincinnati, OH.

In addition she is survived by her grandchildren, Andy (Amy) Flor, Alyson (Dr. Justin) Scheidler, Lucki (Drew Brown) Malloy, Michael and McKyle Malloy, John Piehowicz III, Joseph Piehowicz, Wood (Sarah) Lovell II and Will (Suzannah) Lovell as well as her great-grandchildren; Elliott and Charlotte Flor, Sawyer Scheidler, Brayli Brown, Skyler and Chance Malloy, Wood Lovell III, Witt Lovell and Francey, Kit and Bliss Lovell.

She is also survived by her sisters Ruth (late Bill) Finsley, Mary (late Victor) Patterson, Josephine (late Calvin) Taggart and Sara (Ron) Dillon, along with her brothers, Tom (Joyce) Ruthers and David (Linda) Ruthers, a brother-in-law Tony (Judy) Piehowicz and sister-in-law, Joanne (David) Boiarski along with many beloved nieces and nephews.

Martha was Past President of the Bellaire Child Guidance Club and a proud member of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Martha graduated from Warwood H.S. and was a Catholic by faith. She managed the Spiegel’s Store in Bellaire, OH prior to becoming Spiegel’s Regional Manager.

She was also a Realtor with Prudential Real Estate for many years and was the Past Director of Hondras Real Estate Academy of Columbus. OH. A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Memorial contributions are being asked, per her wishes to benefit the non-profit Shaw Equine and Therapeutic Center by going to “” or at Shaw Equine and Therapeutic Center, 47002 Watson Road, St.Clairsville, Ohio 43950.

The center provides Equine assisted activities to children and individuals whom are challenged with mental, physical, emotional, social and sensory disabilities.

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Shirley Mara, Columbus, Ohio
5 years ago

May you rest now my dear FRIEND. You were a great friend. Condolences to the family . LOVE SHIRLEY

Fred Pahl
5 years ago

Martha was a great classmate….we double dated at our senior prom in 1954. Over the years we have kept in contact. I now live in Carlsbad, California and when I would visit in Bridgeport, Ohio we would frequently get together for lunch I have and will always have fond memories of my friend – the many fun years we had at Warwood High School being in plays, going to football, basketball and other events. She was a true friend full of life and smiles. I will miss her, but she will always be in my heart…

Cliff Pugh
5 years ago

My fond memory of Martha was when I visited her at the Spiegel catalog store once and she asked me to walk with her to the bank as she needed to cash a check to get some money for her girls. She loved her family and always had the most beautiful smile! May you all find peace through your memories of Martha.

Erica Wellman
5 years ago

Thoughts and prayers with the family. Erica RN, Dr Das office

nadine degenova
5 years ago

Dear John and Family,
Sadly, I truly feel the depth of your pain during this most difficult time. My mother Rose DeGenova passed away in December and I’m confident she has already greeted Martha in heaven! They are surely reminiscing about those early years and sharing quite a few laughs.
Nadine DeGenova and family

Nila Meadows (Truex)
5 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! She and my Mother were first cousins, so I feel that she was part of my family. Prayers to all who knew and loved her.

Bill and Jane Bryant
5 years ago

We were so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. She was a grand lady.

Bill and Jane Bryant
5 years ago

We are so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. She was a grand lady.

Kelly Imer
5 years ago

I feel honored and blessed that I knew martha. I spent many nights at her home in my younger years and martha you always made me feel welcome and part of your family, for that I want to thank you. You have left many good memories in my heart of which I have never forgotten. I was so fortunate to witness the love that you showed to each of your children and to your wonderful husband. Thank you for the memories. My deepest sympathy to all of the family you are all in my prayers.

Carol Baniak
5 years ago

My precious, Dear Aunt Martha was such a strong, loving Lady!! I treasure all the moments we have had through the years. So deeply loved and such a void in our family without you. My thoughts and prayers for Uncle John, Jody, Gigi, Jan, and Johnny and your families. Love you so.