Martina Werth

Martina Werth, 92, Hays, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at her home.

She was born April 7, 1928, in Hays to August and Anna (Braun) Spies.  

She married Ralph J. Werth on Aug. 19, 1946, and they celebrated 44 years of marriage before he preceded her in death July 14, 1991.  She was a homemaker, a cook at Sacred Heart School in Ness City and Kennedy Middle School, a daycare provider and nanny for doctors’ children, and ironed clothes for doctors and lawyers.

She was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church and St. Nicholas of Myra Christian Mothers.

She enjoyed to embroider, was a wonderful seamstress, a meticulous house cleaner, and enjoyed playing bingo, slot machines at casinos, and pinochle with her family. She also enjoyed singing, gardening, being outdoors, canning, cooking, and baking. She was a difference maker who built her life on simplicity, commitment to the Lord, and her family.  

Survivors include six sons, Vincent Werth, Sr. and wife, Helen, Munjor, Stephen Werth and wife, Joyce, Schoenchen, Bernie Werth and wife, Lona, Andy Werth, and Loran Werth and wife, Kay, all of Hays, and Darrell Werth and wife, Jodie, Olathe; eight daughters, Patty Stull and husband, Rich Sieker, Hays, Bridget Stenzel and husband, Lyle, Ness City, Marina Shauers, Wichita, Regina Hutchison and Donnetta Pfeifer and husband, Terry, all of Hays, Geralyn Werth and husband, Ernie, Schoenchen, Jacqueline Schneider and husband, Mark, Cabot, Ark., and Tina Unrein, Olathe; a brother, Bill Spies and wife, Karen, Arvada, Colo.; a sister, Elaine Cisneros, Omaha, Neb.; 40 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, two sons: Ralph Werth, Jr. and Ivan Werth, a daughter-in-law: Pam Werth, four brothers: Celestine Spies, Daniel Spies, Wilfred Spies, and August Spies, Jr., four sisters: Anna Knoll, Glory June Partch, Margaret Billinger, and Abelina Billinger, three grandchildren: Trina Shauers, Wendy Stull, and Jeremy Dietz, and a great grandson: Triston Werth.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Anthony Cemetery, Schoenchen.  

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, both at the church.  

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a vigil service at 6:30 p.m., both at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed or St. Nicholas of Myra Church in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.  

Condolences can be sent to the family at  

Posted online on February 02, 2021