Martha Ann Titus was born May 10, 1936. Many years later when she needed her birth certificate, she found out she was born Martha Jane Titus on May 11, 1936 (she took advantage of that) to Lydia and Carter Titus in St. Paul, Kansas. She married her high school sweetheart, Gene Strasser, from the wrong side of the tracks on February 16, 1955. They began their life moving around following Gene in the service until they finally settled in Pittsburg, Ks. Six children soon followed as Martha and Gene were devout Catholics and lifelong members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Somehow, she managed to keep everyone happy and healthy while making each of her kids feel special as well as found time to listen to thousands of Geno's songs (not necessarily by choice).
Once the kids were old enough to fend for themselves, Martha sprang free and went to work. She landed her dream job in fabrics at Wal-Mart. Her personality and craft/sew skills blossomed. She made many friends and enjoyed her job. She would make outfits or crafts to be displayed in the store. She also made numerous bridesmaids dresses, too numerous to count Halloween costumes, and her own clothes. She could whip out an outfit in an evening or mend anything put in front of her. On Sunday (after mass) it was a family tradition to stop by the house for Martha's breakfast. All you can eat and everyone welcome. If you left hungry it was your own fault. There were also the specialty dishes she made to lure us over for dinner.
Martha finally retired from Wal-Mart after many years and went to work at St. Mary's cafeteria as a "lunch lady" (and yes they still made those fabulous cinnamon rolls). Again she made many friends and enjoyed her work. Martha also liked to walk, tried her hand at golf and was even on a bowling team at one time.
Martha retired again and this time her and Gene enjoyed a quiet life (besides Geno's music) in the house on Euclid. Gene passed in April 2014. Martha stayed at the house for several years with her little dog until dementia took her mind and she needed some assistance (not if you asked her though). The boys tried to keep her at their home but that proved too much and she moved to Via Christi Village. The staff took great care of her until God called her home March 5, 2022. She will be joining the love of her life Gene, daughter Julie and a grandson TJ as well as her siblings and parents that have already passed.
She leaves behind son Jeff (Kathy) and grandson Jeremy; daughter Vicki (Henry); son Mark; son Tim with grandchildren Zach and Kate; son Shawn (Dawn) with grandchildren Cooper and Abby; and several great grandchildren. You may have felt a breeze early Saturday morning as Martha's soul flew by in a beeline to heaven. No detours for this sweet lady. She will be missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pittsburg, KS, with Father Jerome Spexarth as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul, KS. A Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, at Brenner Mortuary. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. These may be left at the church or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.