Martha Ann Loveland, 74, passed away on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family after a long and arduous battle with cancer.
She was born on November 4, 1938, in Watertown, NY to Alva & Helen Rich Majo. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1956 and from St. Lukes Memorial Hospital Nursing School in Utica, NY in 1959, Summa Cum Laude.
Martha was married in Trinity Church, June 20, 1959 to her high school sweetheart Clarence J. Loveland Jr. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a member of numerous organizations : NYSNA, St. Luke Alumni, North Side Improvement League, Jefferson Historical Society, and the SPCA. She generously devoted many selfless hours to an organization near and dear to her heart, the Watertown Urban Mission. She began volunteering there in 1999, and joined the board of directors in 2005. Her service included work in the food pantry, treasurer for the Food Sense program and compiling data for the Pantry and Critical Needs programs. She was always willing to go the extra mile to help, even during her toughest battles with cancer; she was at the Mission every Wednesday to volunteer. She was also active in her church. She was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Watertown NY, for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the choir and served on the church Vestry for over ten years, becoming the first female Warden. She was chief cook at St. Pauls famous Pork Dinners!
Since the closing of St. Pauls Church, she was a member of Trinity Church and active in the ECW. One of her most-loved activities was singing in the Trinity Choir under the direction of Kyle Ramey. Martha was an amazing nurse; she worked in maternity nursing for a short time and spent most of her years as an emergency room nurse. Her dedication to her patients and coworkers was always evident to her family. Even the Blizzard of 1977 could not keep her away. Police drove Martha into work on the back of a snowmobile through much of that storm. She was loved and respected by all who worked with her. She retired from Samaritan Medical Center after 25 years of service.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Clarence J. Loveland Jr. (JOE), her loving son & daughter-in- law, Joseph & Beth Loveland and their children Kate & Jacob of Adams Center, NY, her loving and devoted daughter & son-in-Law, Linda & Bill Young and their children Laura, Michael and Samuel of Glenville, NY, her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Julie & Brian Hull and their children Mariah of Watertown, Tara & Michael Sutton with their children Megan and William of West Virginia; Marthas step-sister Sally and husband Dennis Risk of Florida, Marthas Sister in-Law Lucy Majo of Watertown, and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her mother, Helen R. Switzer, step-father Francis (Bug) Switzer, father, Alva Majo and brothers Thomas and Paul Majo.
Martha enjoyed cooking, reading, canning, volunteering, gardening and her most favorite activity was to spend time with her grandchildren, family gatherings, her beloved pets and church activities.
Marthas family would like to extend heart felt gratitude to her church family, the many family and friends who loved and supported her through the years, Dr. John Poggi, Dr. Collins Kellogg and Dr. Leo Gosselin and their wonderful staff for their expert care, the skilled and caring nursing staff at Samaritan Hospital emergency room, PCU, 4 Pavilion, and the team at North Country Hospice.
Calling hours for Martha will be held on March 23, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Reed and Benoit Funeral Home located at 632 State Street, Watertown, NY. The Christian Burial Service for Martha will be held on March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 227 Sherman Street, Watertown, NY. There will be a short reception in the Parish Hall after the service.
Donations may be made to Watertown Urban Mission, Jefferson County SPCA or Trinity Church Music Ministry.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made online at www.reedbenoit.com.