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Martha Dunnan Sweeney
Martha Dunnan SweeneyMusicNotesMartha Dunnan Sweeney, age 93 of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Richwood, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.  She was born February 22, 1917 in Leesburg Township to the late George and Carrie (Thornburg) Dunnan.

On February 26, 1938 she married Arthur J. Sweeney and he died April 12, 1985.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Jim Sweeney, three brothers and three sisters.

She was a former member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s  Witnesses in Marysville.  A lover of animals and particularly dogs, she was a former volunteer for the Union County Humane Society.  Martha enjoyed singing around the bonfire and yodeling and was known as the “Lone Star Cowgirl” on the radio in Hamilton, Ohio.  She was a devoted mother and loved being with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, John Wayne (Wendy) Sweeney, New Waverly, Indiana; daughter: Sonja (Jerry) Byrd, Warsaw, Indiana, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where friends may call from 11:00 AM until service time.  Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher and Jerry Byrd will officiate and burial will follow in Maskill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Union County, 16540 County Home Rd., Marysville, OH 43040

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#1 from: Elaine Temple Landon
Byhalia & Florida
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Sonja, So sorry for your loss. It has been a long time, and you may not remember me. I am Wayne's sister.  You have my sympathy. Elaine

#2 from: April Sweeney Bash
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Now you are singing with the angels...Glory to God.

#3 from: Karmen Byrd
Warsaw, IN
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Grandma, I know you are a whole person again singing your heart out, Dante by your side.  We all miss you so much but will see you again.  We rejoice in your new body and strength.  

Love you always
Karmen, Capone, Eli and Sabre

#4 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 S.Franklin Street  Richwod,Oh
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Jim & family:

So soryy for your loss. Didn't realize your Mom had moved to Indiana.It was good that she could be close to her children at the end.

Miss seeing you Jim at our get togethers. I won't be able to make it for viewing as my health is not so well now. But I'm sending you a hug to you and Wendy and say how sorry I am.


#5 from: Jan Dear
Toledo, OH
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Jerry & Sonja
So sorry for your loss.  She is so much better now.

#6 from: Richard Adams
Dublin Ohio
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Sonja and Jerry, I am very sorry for your loss. God Bless You,

#7 from: Bill & Miriam
Bellbrook, OH
Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Sonja & Jerry,
we are sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.  

#8 from: karen  jolliff seitz
iberia ,ohio
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 3:57 PM

hello,im martha second cousin karen jolliff,i m sorry to hear about martha,i really didnt know her but i wish i could of gotten the chance to ,i have been on face book looking for relatives ,and found some and still looking ,martha will be in my thoughts ,and family ,love karen

#9 from: patsy jolliff drumm
marysville,ohio 43040
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM

sonja and john its been long time since i have seen your mom.when i was a little kid my famly wood talk about her all time . i think martha and me was second cousin. my grandparents was arthur and linnie ( thornburg ) jolliff.i'm sorry here about your mom.

#10 from: betty jolliff
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I have to work. I can't be there monday.Pasty called other night.I use stop at there farm. I see few days before,Ruth Gray died. just never got over to see them. Your in my pray

#11 from: susie jolliff siders
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 4:43 AM

sorry to here about martha,she was a second cousin,never new her ,but thoughts and prayers are with ya.

#12 from: Gail DeGood-Guy
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM

To the family of Martha.   I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Martha.   I know she'll be  missed by all of you.  The picture of her as the "Lonestar Cowgirl" was wonderful. In addition, I was glad to read that she was a former volunteer for us.   On behalf of the Union County Humane Society, we appreciate you thinking of our organization as the receipient of memorial gifts in her name during this time of sadness. May God bless and watch over you all during this most difficult time.   Gail DeGood-Guy, Board Member, Union County Humane Society.    

#13 from: Dave & Ronna Kyle
Peachtree City, GA
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Sonja & Jerry, Kevin & Karmen,
May God's love comfort you and your family at this time of loss.
Dave & Ronna

#14 from: Chanin  Lowe
Richwood, Oh
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

So sorry for your loss.  I know that she will be missed.  She is in a much happier place now! Our thought and prayers are with you!
Love, Chanin & Chad Lowe

#15 from: Denise Monkovich
Raleigh, NC
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

To the Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.  A beautiful obituary (picture and remembrances)to honor her!  


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