Martha's Story

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Martha F. Nicastro, 91, of Brookfield, passed away Friday morning (July 28, 2017) at The Manor at Autumn Hills in Niles.
Martha was born on May 25, 1926 in Sturgis, Miss., a daughter of the late George and Irene (Hannah) Ballinger.
Martha was a 1944 graduate of Starkville High School in Mississippi.
After high school, she married her first husband, Carl Alderman, on June 3, 1944 and started their family together.
She was employed for 10 years at Sharon Steel as a telephone operator before becoming a proud homemaker.
She was a former volunteer at the then Sharon General Hospital and Brookfield Local Schools.
She enjoyed camping and traveling to Florida for the winter. She was also a Girl Scout leader for the Brownies.
She will be deeply missed by: her daughters, Carla (Dale) Stidham and Marsha (Gary) Carlo; and a step-daughter Jean (John) Wudl; three grandchildren, Nancy (Richard) Brenner, Brian Stidham, and Tim Nestor; and three great-grandchildren, Chad Stidham, Karlie Brenner, and Christian (Abby) Brenner.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by: her first husband, Carl Alderman, who passed in October of 1972; and her second husband, William Nicastro, whom she married on Feb. 26, 1977 and who passed in March 2010; her sister, Hazel Tucker; her brother, Ralph Ballinger; three half-brothers, Earl, Curt, and Henry Ballinger; and two half-sisters, Ora Moore and Nelle Ballinger.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Brookfield United Methodist Church.

Martha F., 91, of Brookfield.
Service: Private. Friends and family may send condolences by visiting www.madaszchapel.com
Burial: At a later date at Brookfield Township Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her first husband, Carl.
Published on July 29, 2017
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