Martha Althoff

Martha Althoff

Wednesday, April 6th, 1921 Sunday, September 29th, 2019

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Obituary for Martha Pauline Althoff

Martha Pauline Althoff, 98, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday September 29, 2019,at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born April 6, 1921 to Ernest and Eleanor (Michael) Kraft, in Carbondale, Illinois.
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 January 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 alter 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, Illinois; one daughter-in-law, Janet Althoff of Carterville, Illinois, three grandchildren, Jeremy Stoll and Derick Hardy of Texas, Kimberly Stoll-French and Nicholas French of Washington, and Josh Stoll of Murphysboro, Illinois; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Norah, Hunter all of Washington; and one brother Richard and Barbara Kraft of Moline, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Funeral services will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Murphysboro on Monday October 7, 2019, at 1 P.M. with Rev. Josemon Hoem officiating. Visitation will be from 11 A.M to 1 P.M at the church, burial at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church for Altarware. For more information please visit

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    1915 Pine Street
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    Monday, October 7th, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    1915 Pine Street
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    Monday, October 7th, 2019
    Rev. Josemon Hoem
  • Interment

    Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
    31 Memorial Drive
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  • Reception

    Immanuel Lutheran School Cafeteria
    1915 Pine Street
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Comment | Posted at 04:14pm via Floral Arrangements

Jane Williams

I always loved Ms. Pauline. I grew up in her neighborhood and always rode my bike on Candy Lane and never failed to ride up onto her driveway (hill). As an adult, I don't know that I would have allowed kids to have done that to my own home, but she never stopped me from doing it ever!
I also have extremely fond memories of trick or treating at her house and we always could count on her homemade popcorn balls. They were always the favorite house to trick or treat at.
My condolences to the family. She was an amazing woman!
Janie Casleton Williams
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Kevin Baker

What wonderful memories I have, from times as neighbor and kid to just recently. I loved her smile,laugh, she was always so interested in people, how they were and what they were doing. I loved the stories, just being in her company was so enjoyable. What a great person !
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