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Martha Laham

Martha Madelon Laham

Thursday, June 22nd, 1922 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Martha Madelon Laham of Middleville, Michigan, age 98, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Samaritas Village. Born on June 22, 1922, May was the youngest daughter and eighth of nine children of Salem and Tutla Laham, Lebanese-Syrian immigrants who met and married in Grand Rapids.

Marty had a long work career, from sewing parachutes in WWII to making aviation electronics at Lear Siegler. Active in Lear union leadership for most of her 32 years, she continued by leading UAW Local 330 Retiree Chapter. For 25 years, her “Musings by Marty” ran in the Grand Valley Labor News (Work in Progress) with over 250 columns.

She was honored with the UAW Retirees Excellence Award and the Art Heimer Award. In 2004, she received State of Michigan Special Tribute for her retirement volunteerism. She was devoted to Hospice of Greater GR, God’s Kitchen, Kent Community Bingo, Indian Trails Camp and Barry County Meals on Wheels

Marty enjoyed life and traveling. Her hobbies included writing poetry, working at the polls, watching wildlife, and playing cards. She loved people and was extremely outgoing: everyone she met became a friend, the lucky ones left calling her Aunt May.

Nothing was more important to her than her faith and her family. She was a lifelong member of St. George Orthodox Church. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings Violet (Andrew) Clara, Olga (Fred) Ansara, George, Norman (Edna), Iva (Babe) Mickel, Jule (Thad) Sartor, Jake (Marilyn), Mitchell, nephew Larry Ansara, niece Gloria Spangler. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mildred, her nine nieces and nephews Dick (Karen), Skip (Carol) Sartor, Kathy (Dan) Burnham, Dede (Randy) Havens, Sandi, Michelle (David) Bailey, Salim (Sue Smith), Art, Steve (Molli) and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020, at Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Kentwood, MI 49508. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the funeral home can accommodate twenty visitors at a time. The Trisagion will be held that same evening at 6:30 p.m.

The funeral service for Martha will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew Honoré on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the funeral service will be for family only. She will be laid to rest in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 334 La Grave Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or online at https://stgeorgegr.com/make-a-donation

The family wishes to thank the Lodge at Samaritas Village and Kendrich Hospice for their gentle care the past two months.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ofield Funeral Home
    Address
    4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
    Kentwood, MI 49508
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Ofield Funeral Home
    Address
    4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
    Kentwood, MI 49508
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
  • Trisagion

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 6:30pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 6:30pm
    Location
    Ofield Funeral Home
    Address
    4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
    Kentwood, MI 49508
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
    Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available

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janet knapp

Posted at 04:51pm
I will always remember you you made me laugh everytime I have cider and donuts it's for
AJ

Alice Jansma

Posted at 11:39am
Marty was such a great addition to our team during elections. We enjoyed her sense of humor and poetry. When people came in to vote she was the first person to greet them-asking them to fill out the form and show their I.D. Many times we would hear her asking if they were born today - one of the questions was 'Birthdate' Lots of laughter. She could be seen checking the parking lot, voting booths, stamping dates on forms and making sure pencils were sharpened. She had a special bond with Gary, Lynn and Don. We were guests at the St. George fundraiser luncheon each year. When she retired from working elections, we would often hear from voters "Where is Marty or where is that cute lady that checked me in." We miss that SWEET SOUL.
Alice Jansma
 
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Sandi Laham Posted at 06:52pm

Thank you Alice. My aunt loved working the polls and loved all of you at the township.
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