Martha J. ( Keller ) Dock Patriarca, age 84, passed away at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the SEM Haven Residential Care Center in Milford, Ohio, where she had been a resident for the past several months.
She was born November 5, 1934, daughter of Opal ( Taylor Keller ) Zimmerman and Chester Zimmerman.
In 1954, Martha married Harold A. Dock, who passed away in 1978. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Henry Keller and Robert Keller, brother-in-law Gale Smith, and great nephew Nathan Smith.
Martha is survived by a sister Laura Lee Smith of Cincinnati, and sisters-in-law Janet Keller of St. Marys and Mary Ann Keller of New Bremen, and a special caretaker, her niece Leslie Himes.
She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including greats and great-greats. Martha took special interest in their education, and they loved her dearly: Leslie Himes, Terry English, Jeff Smith, Todd Smith, Chris Keller, Tom Keller, Amy Keller, Kathy Dieringer and Nancy Stabelli.
Martha graduated from Celina High School in 1952, and Bowling Green State University in 1966, with a Masters Degree in Education. She was a reading specialist in Coldwater, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania schools.
She was an avid reader, and in her retirement spent many hours researching her family heritage. Martha loved spending time outdoors, and finding collectibles at auctions and flea markets.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 31st, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina. Pastor Jon Exman will officiate. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Thursday, at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Queen City Hospice, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 220, Mason, Ohio 45040.
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