Martha Erma Petty, 87, of Olathe, Kan, passed away July 19, 2015 at Villa St. Francis, Olathe

Martha was born July 11, 1928 in Olathe to Louise (Cashier) and Charles Soetaert.  She worked as a cafeteria cashier at the naval base in Gardner where she met her husband to be.  Martha married Charles B. “Chuck” Petty, Jr. on October 6, 1950 in Olathe.  She also worked as a cashier at Ryckert’s Supermarket in Lenexa.  Martha enjoyed crocheting.  She was a member of a local bowling team and the Belgium-American Club.  She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
 Martha was preceded in death by her husband Chuck in 2013; parents; infant son, Donald and siblings: Adolph Soetaert, Mary Samyn and Louis Soetaert.  She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Sue Petty of Olathe, Kan; son, Robert Dean Petty and wife Diane of North Kansas City, Mo; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, Kan.  Burial follows at Gardner Cemetery.  A Rosary will be said at 5:45 pm Wednesday July 22, 2015, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913-856-7111 with the Visitation following from 6 – 8:00 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Divine Mercy Catholic Church Building Fund or Crossroads Hospice.  Condolences may be left at