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Martha D. Brownfield
Passed: Thursday March 7, 2019

Martha Jayne (Dietrick) Brownfield, aged 85, of Hopwood, Pa., and most recently of Bethel Park, Pa., died on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper St. Clair, Pa. “Marty” was born on June 9, 1933, in Philipsburg, Pa., daughter of the late John A. and Jayne (Nowlin) Dietrick. Her early childhood was spent in Tyrone, Pa., later moving with her family to Harrisburg, Pa., where she graduated from Susquehanna Township High School in 1951. She attended Indiana State Teachers College (now IUP), where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1955. Her first professional position was as a Sewing teacher at Georges Township High School from 1955-58. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to teaching later in life, teaching Home Economics at various Fayette County schools, including A.J. McMullen Middle School and Ben Franklin and Lafayette Junior High Schools in the Uniontown Area School District. Marty was married on May 28, 1955, to Harry J. Brownfield, of Hopwood, who preceded her in death in 2007 after 52 years of marriage. She is survived by three sons: Harry J., Jr., of Hopwood, and his wife, Jill, David J., of Crystal Beach, Florida, and Todd A., of Bethel Park, and his wife, Gina; and by three grandsons: Benjamin A., Jack R. and Alexander T. Brownfield, of Bethel Park. Also surviving are Karen Boyd and daughters Savanna Boyd and Brianna Boyd, of Hopwood. She is also survived by her siblings John A. (“Jack”) Dietrick, Jr., of Longmont, Colorado, Joel E. Dietrick and wife Jan, of Enola, Pa., Elsa K. (“Patti”) Nester, of Lititz, Pa., and Jay M. Dietrick and wife Mary, of Frederick, Colorado, and by her sisters-in-law, Esther Dietrick, of Harrisburg, Vivian (Brownfield) Lesnett, of Bridgeville, Pa., Joan (Brownfield) Moore, of Uniontown, Pa., and Linda (Brownfield) Bradstock and husband Jack, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James N. Dietrick and Jess B. Dietrick, of Harrisburg, sister-in-law Anni Dietrick, of San Diego, California, and brothers-in-law Thomas D. Lesnett, of Bridgeville, and Jack Moore, of Hiller, Pa. Raised as a Presbyterian, after her marriage Marty became a long-time member of the Hopwood United Methodist Church, where she volunteered in various capacities, including helping to run the Church’s Vacation Bible School years ago. She was a member of the Uniontown College Club, the Fayette County Home Economics Association, and a member and past President of the Uniontown Service League. She participated in the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers programs. Marty was passionate about collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, and decorating her home. She loved the beach and to travel and see new places, including around North America, Europe and the Caribbean. In all her many endeavors, she was practical, hard-working, task-oriented, thrifty and brought a no-nonsense approach, leavened with a feisty and mischievous sense of humor, with painstaking attention to detail. As an example, she closely supervised the design and construction of her new home in Hopwood in 1971, including identifying what she regarded as just the right kind of “used” brick from a building being demolished in Uniontown. The bricks were delivered and dumped at the home site, and Marty then personally oversaw the cleaning and selection of each particular brick to be used in the new construction, with an eye toward its color, texture and look. She epitomized the expression, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Friends will be received in the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home & Crematories, Inc., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, on Sunday, March 17, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and at the Hopwood United Methodist Church, 122 Church Street, Hopwood, on Monday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Church, with Pastor Diane Olson and the Rev. Garrett Yates of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Lebanon, Pa., co-officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Brownfield, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, or online at www.lbda.org; or to the Hopwood United Methodist Church, at its mailing address at 196 Bennington Road, Hopwood, Pa. 15445. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

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