Martha Lee Hedrick Brotemarkle

Martha Lee (nee Bland) Hedrick Brotemarkle, age 85, peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

He was born April 9, 1935, in Monkey Town, Riverton, W. Va., to Ernst and Kate Bland.

Martha married James Donald Brotemarkle on July 30, 1966, in Riverton, W. Va. They celebrated 50 years together with a surprise party in 2016.

Martha worked at Hedrick’s 4-U restaurant before moving to Ohio from West Virginia. She then worked at Conley’s Department Store in Chardon, from 1966 to their closing in 1991. “One of the Conley’s Girls.” She was the last one to close the door at Conley’s. She went to work at Rite Aid in 1991 and retired from there in 2015.

Everywhere she worked, Martha was always entrusted as the “Keeper of the Key” and called to work any and all hours. If they did not call her, she would call them.

Martha liked working and working with people. She loved to have and plan parties. She had parties for everyone and everything! Many held in their barn, with some square dancing and “camp” pies.

Her favorite hobby was gardening and waiting anxiously for her green beans to come in so she could string and can. Her favorite dessert was carrot cake and Rice Krispie treats, which she brought to every family dinner.

They made many trips to West Virginia to spend weekends and time with family and friends.  Everyone came to the “homeplace,” so many good times to remember.

Martha is survived by her husband, James D. Brotemarkle, of Hambden Township; sons Harold (Mary) Hedrick, Jeffery (Denise) Hedrick; grandchildren, Sharon K. Palmer, Jamie M. Thobe, Katie G. (Kurt) Ragle, Amanda R. (Kaya Gezlev) Hedrick; great-grandchildren, Allison and Zachary Thobe, Jase Palmer, Jocelyn and Evan Ragle; two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Frances (Ernest) Bergdoll, Jerry (Tammy) Bland, Patsy (Carl) Armentrout; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Harmon H. Hedrick, whom she was married to from 1953 to 1962; sons Anthony and David H. Hedrick; brother, Ernest “Bud” (Gwen) Bland Jr.; grandson David Ryan Hedrick; niece Crystal Bergdoll; and nephew Vincent Bland.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 5-7 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m., at Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., Chardon.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with a funeral service to begin at 12 noon., at Basagic Funeral Home, 826 Blue Gray Trail, Franklin, W. Va., with the interment to follow at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, W. Va.

The family suggest donations to Hambden Township  Fire Department, 9867 Old State Road, Chardon, OH 44024, or the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the rescue workers at Hambden Township Fire Department and the special care received at home from the caregivers of the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Arrangements made by Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon. Information and condolences online at

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