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Martha S. "Marti" Rill, 66, of Shippensburg and Halifax, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at her home in Halifax after a four year battle with cancer. She was born on Thursday, June 13, 1946, in Lancaster, a daughter of the late Jacob B. and Erma M. (Herr) Siegrist.

Marti graduated from Penn Manor High School, Millersville and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Messiah College, a Masters of Education in Mathematics and a Masters of Arts degree in Computer Science, both from Shippensburg University. Marti retired after 36 years of service with the Carlisle Area School District, where she taught math and computer science. She attended Brethren In Christ Church, Carlisle. Marti was an excellent cook, enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. She was an active farm woman and in her younger years was involved with church missionary work.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 28 years, Morris E. Rill, one daughter, Sandra G. Kline and her husband, Michael of Alexandria, VA, five brothers; David, C. Eugene, Clair, Daniel and Larry Siegrist, four sisters; Janet Keefer, Joanne Neff, Lucy Groff and Mary Haldeman, three grandchildren; Aaron Rill, Abigail Rill and Jennifer Kline and many nieces and nephews. Marti was preceded in death by one son, Andrew M. Rill, who died March 20, 2010, one brother, Robert Siegrist and one sister, Miriam Hershey.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Brethren in Christ Church, 1155 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, with Rev. Anne Myers and Rev. Linda Lambert officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a time of fellowship at the church. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 2 - 4:00 p.m. and from 6 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. Private burial will be held on Tuesday in the Wesley Methodist Church Cemetery in Hampstead, MD. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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Sometimes we meet a person who touches us in a special way. Marti was just such a person. Our exchanges at school were infrequent but were filled with laughter. Marti's special gift for me was to always leave a smile on my face. I am sure that she did that for countless others. As your memories of good times and bad flood your thoughts of your family at this time, keep in mind that Marti is watching with the joy of being with her Lord.

Pamela Priar

Dear Morris and family, So sorry for your loss.
 You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy.
Love, Nancy (Tracey) Greenwalt

 Dear Morris and family,
My heart goes out to you today and I hope you know Rich and I are thinking of you and Marti and the wonderful life you shared, and we hope that memories of that time together will ease your grief. She was an incredibly wonderful person whom I will miss always.

 My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Martha Rill. I remember her as a great teacher and co worker at Carlisle High School when I was a guidance counselor and coach there. She was loved and respected by all who had the chance to know her. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family can be proud of the type of person she was and her great willingness to help others. I will always remember her true dedication to teaching and her great sense of humor.

Dave Lebo

What an amazingly charming, elegant, graceful, and courageous woman Marti was. I will miss her terribly. She touched my life in so many ways. I was so glad that years after she was my teacher (and a fabulous one at that), I was able to reacquaint myself with her and Morris. I always enjoyed the visits with her so much. God Bless you Mrs. Rill and all of the family and friends that will miss you.

 Krista Krebs

We are so sorry for your loss, but heaven's gain.
We know she will be dearly missed.
 Our thought and prayers are with you.

Les and Liz Heistand

 Heaven's been kissed with another Angel!!!
 Morris our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
 She will be truly missed.

Tom and Karen

 Morris, We send our sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Marti. Marti has been on our prayer list at Wesley Church for several years. We will continue to pray that you may be comforted by the knowledge that her struggles on this earth are now over. 

Carl & Ruth Rill & family


Dear Morris and family....
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Hold on tight to your memories about the life that you all shared with Marti. As long as you have those memories she is still with you.

Maureen, Alan & Meredith Robbins

Marti was both a brilliant and amazing woman. She was a true example of the Christian faith. I am so thankful for the friendship of Marti, for time spent with her, and for the privilege of having her touch my life.

Nina L Poe

Marti and Morris were a special part of our lives when we visited our farm in Shippensburg which is located around the corner from their home. Marti was a very compassionate woman with a deep religious faith and strength of character that we both admired. We will miss her smile and gentle ways, and we send our thoughts and prayers to Morris and all of their family members.

Betty and Topper Brick

Marti's life exemplified amazing grace,poise,courage,and genuine love for her family and the many lives she touched. Her faith in God unshaken through the valleys and her peaceful trust in the fact that God does keep His promises no matter what comes to us will live on in her legacy. Morris, you will remain in our prayers. May the joys and blessings you and Marti shared bring you comfort. And may Jesus and the Hope of Heaven bring you peace and comfort on the difficult days.
Our love to you!

 Rahn and Trudy Keefer


Dear Morris & family,
Joe & i would like to extend our deepest condolence. We were so fortunate to have met Marti at Sandy & michael's home on several occasions. We felt like we knew her longer as she made us feel like we were immediate friends.We will always keep her in our hearts & hope that you find comfort in being such a loving & devoted husband in her time of need.

Joe & Jean Karbelk

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Marti was a wonderful, caring woman and she will be deeply missed by so many!

Josh Elliott


Sandy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Martha was quite a woman and accomplished so much in her lifetime! Hopefully, in time, all of your wonderful memories of good times will out shadow those of her illness.

Bill & Sharon Olson (Seattle)


We did not know Martha, but would like to wish Janet Keefer and her family our condolences.

Janet and Bill Seagrist

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Marti. I found out about it when I read the obit in the Shippensburg Sentinental today. Please accept our sincere condolences in your time of sorrow.

Richard and Sonja Ruth

Morris - Please accept our condolences on the death of Marti. We only found out about it yesterday. If we had known earlier, we would have been there for you. Marti was such a optimistic person, and I enjoyed her immensely. I am sure she will be missed tremendously. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Vonnie & Don Mowery

Dear Morris:
We send you and your family our condolences. Marti is a first cousin of Wilbur's, and we are sorry we missed the funeral because we were in Florida. May you continue to feel the love and prayers around you as you miss Marti very much. You have 28 years of life together to remember! Our love and prayers.

Wilbur and Rachel Siegrist

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