Martha “Marty” Caroline Sielaff Peters, age 80, of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Venice, Fla., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Venice, Fla., with her family by her side.
Marty was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1933. With a harp scholarship, she graduated from The Ohio State University in 1955 with a home economics degree. At Ohio State, she joined the Chi Omega sorority
She was employed for five years in Cleveland, Ohio, by the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company as a home economist. Her family moved to Rochester Hills, Mich., in 1971. Starting in 1979, she worked in the Rochester community schools for 16 years before retiring.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert “Bob”; their children, Doug (Gail) Peters, Keith (Martha) Peters and Laura Peters; grandchildren, Nick, Megan, Jamie, Tim and Gretchen Peters; sisters, Lois (the late Wally) Jeffery and Jean (Larry) Hjelle; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Lydia Sielaff.
Marty was involved in numerous organizations, such as Meadowbrook Women’s Club, Meadowbrook Hall, Chi Omega Alumni Association, Older Persons’ Commission and the Rochester Prayer Breakfast committee. She actively volunteered at Venice Presbyterian Church and committees at Wesley Place in the Venice Waterford complex.
She was an avid reader and duplicate bridge player, playing every week whenever she could get it in.
She was loved by many and will be remembered for a constant positive attitude, her kindness and her gentle heart, helping anyone and everyone, and her upbeat, smiling face and joy of life. She loved to walk the beach and the neighborhood, travel the world, cook outstanding meals, bake yummy deserts, play after-dinner games and garden.
Services: Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, 5-9 p.m., and Friday, April 25, 4-9 p.m.at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive, Rochester, Mich. The funeral service will be Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. (in state 10 a.m.) at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo St., Rochester, Mich. Please leave condolences at: PixleyFuneral.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marty’s name to Older Persons’ Commission, Rochester, Mich., or the Alzheimer’s Association.