Martha Lenore Pyhala

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010

Soldotna resident Martha Lenore Pyhala (Seitz) died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2010 at home with family and friends by her side. She was 33.

A viewing will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at the Kenai Visitor Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Funeral services will follow the viewing at 4 p.m. with potluck reception to follow. She will be laid to rest on the family homestead in Soldotna at a later date.

Mrs. Pyhala was born Jan. 10, 1977 in Tucson, Arizona. Marty spent her life in Alaska living on her family's (Lancashire) homestead where she raised her son, Dylan.

Her family writes: "Marty was an inspiration to her family and friends, making them feel that it was always possible to accomplish their dreams and that nothing was beyond their reach. Always a good conversationalist, she was a perfect companion for traveling. She was full of interesting random facts, a skill that she acquired while playing dinnertime bouts of Trivial Pursuit with her family.

"Marty was an admirable person and set a good example for her siblings in school and in her personal life. Her achievements gave us credibility and pride as a family.

"Marty loved life (Life is good!) and all those around her. She was giving and generous, and always considered the feelings of others in her decisions. And she was toughshe could tell a story like a fisherman! She was born a happy baby and grew into a competent and responsible daughter abounding with creativity and a jest for life.

"A loving mother, Marty took care of those around her before herself. She made a house a home, full of comfort and acceptance. She was a compassionate listener and non judgmental, giving helpful advice when her counsel was requested. Her family was of utmost importance to her, and she spread her rays of sunshine among us all. She entertained us with singing and performing songs; she loved music and it was a constant thread in her life.

"Marty was courageous and brave in her approach to cancer; she was a fighter and inspired other breast cancer survivors to be hopeful in their struggles with the disease. Marty lived life to the fullest and on her own terms. She was never afraid to stand out in a crowd and was a natural leader. People have always been drawn to her; her warm personality, enchanting smile and vivacious lust for life. All that knew her, simply, loved her. She will be dearly missed."

Mrs. Pyhala was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rusty and Larry Lancashire.

She is survived by her son, Dylan Ferreira; parents, Martha Merry and Robert Seitz; brothers, Robert Seitz, James Seitz, Sam Merry and Daron Seitz; sisters, Erin Seitz-Robertson, Amy Seitz, Shaina Watt, Gabby Lundeberg, Krysta Weisler.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the WOW fund, Central Peninsula Health Foundation, 250 Hospital Place Soldotna, Alaska 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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