Margaret "Maggie" E. Martz

Wednesday, January 31st, 1951 - Sunday, September 13th, 2020
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Margaret E. “Maggie” Martz January 31, 1951 – September 13, 2020, of Port Matilda, 69, passed away at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania following an accident. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death. Originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, Maggie was the daughter of Jack and Helen Laughner, both deceased. She graduated from Slippery Rock High School and Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University.

Maggie served as the librarian at North Lincoln Hill Elementary School for 35 years inspiring children to learn about their world through reading. She always embraced new innovations to modernize her library and implemented the transfer from a paper-based card catalog to a digital system. Under her leadership, Maggie’s students earned numerous blue ribbons in Elementary Interscholastic Reading Competitions. After retiring, Maggie stayed engaged in the community spending 10 years working in the bakery at Wegmans keeping her customers happy with her kind manner and ready smile.

Maggie was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, being a direct descendant of a soldier from the Revolutionary War. Her love of the study of ancestry lead her to be the driving force behind the annual Jerry Family Reunion. Maggie also had a passion for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Penn State sports, including Football, Lady Lion Basketball, and Ice Hockey. As a young mother of two daughters, she served as a Girl Scout leader, coached several girls’ basketball teams, and later served as a youth Pen Pal. Racquetball was her sport of choice and later in life she embraced playing pickleball with her many friends at the Moshannon Valley YMCA. Maggie loved fixing anything that needed improved. She relished the opportunity to put her handyman skills to work making the world a better place, be it fixing a front door, or building a new piece of furniture.

Maggie is survived by her husband of 47 years Larry K. Martz, her daughters Emily G. Miles (husband David) and Allie A. Martz (fiancé Karly N. Mozdzen), brothers Rich Laughner (wife Esta) and Edward Laughner (deceased), brother-in-law John D. Martz (wife Betty), her niece and nephews and her beloved Shiloh Shepherd “Dutch.” The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Geisinger Medical Center. Generously, she was an organ donor.

An outdoor memorial service will be held for family and close friends on Wednesday, September 23rd at 3 PM at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club. In lieu of a guestbook, a basket will be provided to collect cards and personal letters for the family. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Philipsburg Osceola Area Middle School Library at 200 Short Street, Philipsburg, PA 16866, or the American Red Cross (monetary or blood donation).
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 3:00pm
    Philipsburg Elks Lodge
    1 Country Club Lane
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    Pastor Ron Miller
  • Interment

    Private at the convenience of the family
    206 N. Spring Street
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val and Roger Laughner

Posted at 11:40am
Dear Larry and Emily and Allie,we are so sorry for your lose,we chose to plan trees in her name. She love the outdoors so. Love Roger and Val Laughner

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Love, Cynthia & Lea, Candice & Kurt & Kirstie, Kelly & Sig

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Beth Dunlap

Posted at 09:20pm
Maggie was one of my dearest friends... we worked side by side and played side by side for many years ... she was talented and brilliant and loved her family! Her family meant the world to her .... Larry.. Emily and Allie... when I heard others complain ... Maggie just bragged about her husband and her girls ❤️.... She was compassionate about anything she loved .... and it wasn’t long ago she told me how much I meant to her ..... well Maggie .... you have to know that you meant the world to me as well .... you’ll be forever in my heart .... love you ❤️❤️❤️

Phil Dickson

Posted at 11:16am
Larry, your wife, and Emily and Allie, your mom, was kind-hearted, warm and welcoming. I thought a tree would be a fitting way to honor her. Love,
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Love, Larry, Emily, Allie, David & Karly

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