OBIT: Martha M. (Maus) Grafton (Manor Township)-

Martha M. (Maus) Grafton, 89, of Manor Township, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

She was born December 11, 1925 in Manor Township to Hubert Alban and Mathilda Mary (Lux) Maus.

Martha was a lifelong resident of the Ford City area except for the nine years she accompanied her husband, Lewis E. Grafton, to various Naval installations prior to his retirement.

The Graftons were married March 15, 1958, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ford City.

Prior to their marriage, Martha was employed as a glass cutter for 13 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. in Ford City.

She was a member of Christ, Prince of Peace in Ford City and was a member of the parish’s prayer chain and the LCBA.

Martha was a volunteer for Father Raphael at the health center in Kittanning and read for him at the monastery. She also taught CCD for seven years.

Martha was an avid reader and previously participated as a tutor with the Armstrong County Literacy Council.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis; their son, Michael L. Grafton of Allegheny Township, and his wife, Christine D.; their daughter, Kathryn M. Holt, of Pittsburgh, their daughter, Kristine A. Shunk and her husband, Joseph W., of Hanover, Pa.; and three grandchildren: Nicholas M. Grafton and wife, Yuliya, Courtney A. Stopansky and husband, Joseph, and Thomas W. Holt II.

Martha is also survived by her sister, Dorothy T. Slovensky and husband, Albert, of Ford City, and Mildred A. Cramer, of Confluence, Pa.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Pivarnik; and brother, Frank J. Maus.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9PM today – Friday, August 28, 2015 – at the Mantini Funeral Home in Ford City.

A Prayer service will be held at 9:30AM tomorrow – Saturday, August 29, 2015 – in the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM at Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father John Harold officiating.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family requests donations be made to Ford City Public Library or Divine Redeemer School.