Martha Elizabeth Finton

1921 - 2019

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Martha Elizabeth Finton, 98, of Sandusky and formerly of Findlay, passed into the presence and care of her heavenly Father on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky. Born July 5, 1921, in Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Coyle and Linnie (Gibson) Foltz. She was a 1939 graduate of Mount Cory High School and then attended Findlay College. After college she worked as an operator for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company. She married Richard S. Finton on October 10, 1942, and worked alongside him for many years as a secretary for Eddy Flying Service at the Findlay airport. After her husband's death she worked as a clerk for the aviation division of Marathon Oil Company at the Findlay airport. Martha was a private pilot and member of The Ninety-Nines international organization of women pilots. She was a long time member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Findlay. Martha was known as a caring and giving person. She always inquired about and prayed for the well being of her family and friends. Martha moved to Sandusky in 2013 for health reasons. Martha is survived by her sons: Jeffrey S. Finton of Miamisburg, OH and Thomas S. (Karen) Finton of Sandusky; granddaughter, Kelly (John) Lee, Panama City, FL; grandson, Cory (Lindsey) Finton, Maryville, TN; and great grandsons: Reese Lee, Reid Lee, River Lee, and Isaac Finton. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1982, her sister Ruth Foltz, her twin brother Marion Foltz, her sister-in-law Ramona Foltz, her nieces Bethny Foltz and Deirdre Edgette, and her nephew Timothy Foltz. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, August 16 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay. A funeral service with be at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17 at the funeral home, with a graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay to follow. Pastor Dan Metzger of St. Marks United Methodist Church will be officiating. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, Findlay. Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Martha's family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, August 16th 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, August 17th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Martha Finton's Family
Date :Tuesday, August 13th 2019
From : Jeanette Albert and Family
We will miss seeing your mother at Portland Place in Sandusky where Martha recently resided.

May Martha rest in peace 🙏

Jeanette Albert (Portland Place) and Family

To : Family of Martha Finton
Date :Wednesday, August 14th 2019
From : Linda Waggoner Darnall
Our sympathy for the passing of your mother . Your parents were the witnesses for my parents(Jim & Naomi Waggoner) wedding in findlay in 1943. My dad & your father we’re good friends. I used to see your mom occasionally in town before she left findlay. I remember your dad giving me an airplane ride years ago. My dad loved flying, too.

Linda Waggoner Darnall & Steve Darnall

To : Jeff Finton
Date :Friday, August 16th 2019
From : Frank Daley
Your Mom was really nice,i saw her at Meijers before she went to Sandusky.She always remembered me.I would say, tell Jeff I said hi.Thanks for all the memories of the old days,the plane trips,bowling,golfing,playing pool in your basement,watching slides on the projector and listening to the Beach Boys on the phonograph.