Walter Marta, 93 of Shadyside, Ohio died Sunday, March 24, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 7, 1925 in Shadyside, Ohio a son of the late Albert and Anelia Ochel Marta.
Walter was a retired employee of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation’s Martins Ferry Mill, a member of the Shadyside Church of the Nazarene and a US Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Walter was the unofficial morning greeter at the north end of Shadyside, sending us off with his signature wave and smile. He also lovingly cared for his beloved wife, Jo Ann for over 43 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Merritt Marta on February 27, 2010, whom he married on August 4, 1951; brothers, Andy Goral and Tony Gorrell and sisters, Mildred Gorrell, Helen Freese and Josephine Parker.
Surviving are his children, Walter (Eileen) Marta of Indianapolis, Indiana, Rev. Terry (Terri) Marta of Elk City, Kansas, Karen (Ted) Kulpa of Green Mountain, North Carolina and Jo Lynn (Roy) Gavlik of Shadyside, Ohio. Also thirteen grandchildren, Sarah (Landon) Nelson, Melissa (Peter) Murdock, Moriah (Jeff) Dillow, Nathan Marta, Dr. Kelly Kulpa, Laura Beth Kulpa, Valerie Kulpa, Teddy (Jenna) Kulpa, Matt (Jen) Kulpa, Jenny (Zac) Gavlik, Jody (Jeff) Terrace, Carl (Jayde) Gavlik and Ray Gavlik and twenty-two great grandchildren, Kinley, Jace, Ava, Brystol Jo, C.W., Tavan, Camden, Tre, Kylee, Cody, Chase, Johanna, Jaycee, Logan, Jack, Faith, Holden, Samuel, Elijah, Millie, Evie and Bibi and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm and at the Shadyside Church of the Nazarene on Thursday from 10 am until time of services at 11am with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Hancock and Rev. Michael Adkins officiating. Interment in the Holly Memorial Gardens in Pleasant Grove, Ohio with Full Military Honors by the Belmont County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shadyside Church of the Nazarene by going to TMCFunding.com.
Share your thoughts and memories with Walter’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer. com.