Rochester, NY: Passed away July 17,2021 at age 84. Predeceased by her parents: Richard and Sallie Schwartz of Syracuse and former husband: Darryl V. March. Survived by four children: Emrys (Patricia) March, Sarah O’Ohearn, Margaret (Tim) Fichtner and Meredith (Shaun) Rogers. Also survived by eleven grand children, three great-grand children and a devoted lifetime friend Joanne Forsythe.
Per Martha’s request there will be no calling hours or service. “I want people to remember me the way I was” is her wish. Anyone wanting to make a donation should consider an organization targeting a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. This a terrible disease that robbed the body and imprisoned the mind of this special lady.
Martha grew up in Syracuse NY and graduated from Tufts University. After marriage and the birth of her children she completed a Masters degree in Education . She continued to advance her studies to a level just below a PhD specializing in English and aesthetics.
Martha was employed in the Greece Central School District where she taught English at several of the high schools. A dedicated educator, she received praise from former students and colleagues alike. She retired as head of the English Department at Olympia High School.
In retirement Martha traveled the world. She once boasted to have been on every continent except Antarctica. She reveled in seeing new cultures, new people and the diversity of nature in the world.
Mountain climbing, camel riding and safari were just a few of her adventures. She collected from everywhere she went for her own collections and as gifts.
At home Martha was an avid gardener and served as the head of a local gardening club. She transformed the entire yard of her lakefront home into a sea of color with flowers always in bloom. Her skill has inspired many to craft beauty from the soil.
Above all Martha was a strong and caring Mother. A few sentences are insufficient to express the love she had for her family and all the contributions made to their lives. Even in difficult times she was always there when support was needed. Loved forever by her family and already so missed.
I remember Mrs. March fondly. She was my teacher at Olympia. So sorry for your loss!