Martha M. (Rayne) Weyrick, 99, passed away after a brief illness. Martha was born May 19, 1919, in Seville, Ohio, to Bassett and Ella (Grafton) Rayne.
Martha grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio, and graduated from Wadsworth High School in 1937, Heidelberg University in 1941, and Eden Theological Seminary in 1948. She served as a corporal in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve from 1943 - 1945 and was a charter member of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band. She then served as Director of Christian Education and Music at First Evangelical and Reformed Church in Marion, Ohio.
From there, Martha traveled to Sendai, Japan, to teach English for three years in the United Church of Christ mission schools. Later, Martha and her husband, Ford, taught an additional three years in the same schools. Martha and Ford then returned to the USA via a Danish freighter, spending three months sailing the Far East from Yokohama, Japan, to Genoa, Italy. From there, they spent six weeks in Europe.
Returning to Wadsworth, Martha taught elementary music in the public schools until her retirement in 1983. She was a lifetime member of Trinity United Church of Christ and directed the choir for 15 years. She was a member of the Medina Community Band for five years.
Martha was a charter member of the national Women Marines Association and the Medina County Women of the Military. She was also past president and pianist for the Woman's Club of Wadsworth.
Martha will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Sandra Hoerger Vroom (Neil) of Mooresville, NC; nephew, William Hoerger (Gretchen Telke) of Indian Land, SC; great-niece , Alicia Vroom Carte (Todd); great-nephew, Craig Vroom (Michelle); great-nephew, Michael Hoerger (Mia Partlow); and great-niece, Sue Hoer ger Davis. In addition, she is survived by seven great-great-nieces and nephews. Martha has many very dear friends and caregivers who will miss her greatly.
Martha was predeceased by her parents; husband, Ford; sister and brother-in-law, Elsie (Rayne) and Dale Hoerger; nephew, James Gary Hoerger; and brother-in-law, Dale Weyrick.
A celebration of Martha's life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, Wadsworth, Ohio. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 a.m. in the church parlor.
Memorial donations in memory of Martha may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.
Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville, Ohio.