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Martha Pauline Althoff

Martha Pauline Althoff

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Martha Pauline Althoff


MURPHYSBORO — Martha Pauline Althoff, 98, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born April 6, 1921, to Ernest and Eleanor (Michael) Kraft, in Carbondale.

On March 11, 1944, Martha married her best friend and love of her life Edward “Spike” Charles Althoff in Brownwood, Texas. He preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1990.

Mrs. Althoff was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro. She was very active in the church, being a member of the altar guild, evangelism committee, and was a choir member.

She was a loving wife, a caring mother and grandmother, who loved and lived each day for her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by two children, Robert Charles Althoff LCSW, of Park Hill, Oklahoma, Cindy (Althoff) Stoll LCSW, of Murphysboro; one daughter-in-law, Janet Althoff of Carterville; three grandchildren, Jeremy Stoll and Derick Hardy of Texas, Kimberly Stoll-French and Nicholas French of Washington, and Josh Stoll of Murphysboro; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Norah and Hunter, all of Washington; and one brother, Richard and Barbara Kraft of Moline; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by one son, Michael Edward Althoff Ph.D.; one sister, Harriette Kraft Anderson; and her parents.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Murphysboro, with the Rev. Josemon Hoem officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church for Altarware.

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