GUILFORD, Ind. -- Ruth C. (Hoffmeier) Martini died peacefully with her family at her bedside on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati.
She leaves her eight children, Susan (Paul) Roell, William (Cathy) Martini, Joseph Martini, Patrick (Teresa) Martini, Dave Martini, Julie (Michael) Crawley, John (Maria) Martini and Mary Martini; and her 14 grandchildren, Logan, Julia, Kristy, Madeline, Mike, Catherine, Alex, Nick, Olivia, Nicole, Maleah, John, Jenna and Jacob; her sister, Jean (Hoffmeier) Bonomoni; and many close relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jerome (Jerry) Martini; infant daughter, Linda Lee; her parents, Joseph and Bessie Hoffmeier; granddaughter, Rebecca Martini; daughter-in-law, Denise Martini; her brothers, Edward, Robert (Red) and Bill Hoffmeier; and sister, AnnaJo (Hoffmeier) Kirchgassner.
Ruth was born in Guilford and moved to Yorkville, Ind. as a child. After graduating from Guilford High school she moved to Cincinnati, where she worked for Herschede's underwriting later returning to Yorkville and working for Thatcher Glass.
Ruth, along with her husband, Jerry, and brother-in law, Floyd started “Jerry and Floyd's Monarch Grill”; a landmark which greeted locals and travelers almost four decades from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. Ruth was the phenomenal cook at the highly acclaimed diner. She, along with husband Jerry managed Martini Nursery and Landscaping.
She also was an avid horseback rider and loved animals. Ruth was well known for her cooking, supporting many of the nonprofit organizations in Dearborn County. Her roast beef and potato salad are well known classics at the St. Martin's Church Festival.
Ruth loved to travel taking all eight of her children across the country, touching 47 states, countless national parks, and thousands of miles of countryside. Ruth was very proud of her Irish heritage. She had the biggest heart in the world, was a great inspiration and would do anything for her children, grandchildren, neighbors, and the entire Dearborn County community.
Services will be held at All Saints Parish (St. Martin's Church) in Yorkville, Ind. Dec. 9, 2017. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Visitation will be from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with rosary at 9:15. a.m.
Memorials can be made to Sunman Life Squad.