Martha Hogan Mauer O’Donnell, 79, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at Villa St. Joseph. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am (visitation at 10 am) on Thursday, Dec. 1st at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd St.
Martha was born May 26, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Earl and Adah Hogan. She was a member of the first class to graduate from St. Ann’s Grade School in Prairie Village in 1951. She graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1955, and then attended Maryville College in St. Louis. From 1958 to 1971, Martha was married to William Mauer. In 1995 she married Hugh O’Donnell.
Martha enjoyed keeping active with her love of her dogs and walking them, trying new recipes, reading and watching movies. She had a green thumb with a love of gardening inspired by her mother.
Grateful to have shared her life are her three brothers, Michael Hogan and his wife Mary, Earl Hogan and his wife Jo Marie and Jim Hogan. Her sons, Bill Mauer, John Mauer and his wife Mindy, David Mauer and his wife Maureen. Martha is also survived by grandchildren, Michael and Alex Mauer; Emily and Josh Mauer.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Adah Hogan and brother, Michael Hogan and husband Hugh O’Donnell. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Villa St. Joseph and Catholic Community Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
My Aunt Martha was the most elegant and beautiful mother of three rambunctious boys I ever met! She always looked perfect, and had a heart of gold!
Aunt Martha took care of my sister, Peggy, and I when our Mom was hospitalized from complications after the birth of our brother, Dan. With Peggy and myself and her own boys, Martha was mothering five children ranging from 9 to 4 years. I remember that Martha didn’t loose her temper with us and laughed easily at our antics. We made a game of sneaking downstairs at night to get “midnight snacks” (it was probably 8:30 pm) and Martha feigned surprise in the mornings when we told her about our trips to the fridge, in our pajamas. Martha was a good audience to us and as we grew up, I realized that she was a good audience to her brothers when they exchanged jokes and stories. I remember Martha best for her easy laugh and appreciation of humor.