Martha J. Crouser, 91, of 25 Lake St., Stoneboro, formerly of New Lebanon, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Jan. 24, 2013, at home of natural causes.
Born on April 4, 1921, in Canal Township, Venango County, she was a daughter of Charles Orville and Ruth A. Hutcheson Beightol.
She was a 1939 graduate of Franklin High School and a graduate of Feller’s Beauty School in Oil City.
In her early years she worked at H.L. Moore’s of Cochranton, Talon of Meadville and the TNT Ordnance Plant in Mercer County during World War II. From 1957 until 1975 when she retired, she and her husband owned and operated Crouser’s Dairy Isle of Cochranton.
Martha had been a member of New Lebanon Community Church for more than 64 years and had been active in the Ladies Aide Society.
She loved to play bingo and spend time with friends and family. Martha was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed horse racing and traveling with her son, Chuck, of Crouser Stables, to the harness races.
Her husband, Charles L. Crouser, whom she married on Oct. 26, 1940, preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1995.
Survivors include two daughters, Dixie Kepner and husband, Ralph, of Sandy Lake, and Connie Mitchell and husband, C.A. “Rusty”, of Sharon; a son, Charles L. Crouser Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Stoneboro; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Baker and husband, C.B., of San Antonio, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Charles Orville Beightol Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Christian Church, PO Box 428, Stoneboro, Pa. 16153.
Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Scott A. Black Funeral Home, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
The funeral service will be on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with Tim Clark, pastor of Emmanuel Christian Church, officiating.
Interment will be in New Lebanon Cemetery, Mill Creek Township.