Martha Glaser Thomas

June 15, 2020

Charlotte – Martha Glaser Thomas, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Aldersgate in Charlotte, NC.  She was born March 19, 1938 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late Herbert and Mary Ann Houston Glaser.  Following her graduation from St. John Central High School, she attended Ohio University. 

Martha was first and foremost a dedicated mother to her children.  She treasured and embraced every moment with them.  Martha especially loved her role as Mimi to her grandchildren. 

Martha and Laddy raised their family in State College, Pennsylvania.  She was a lover of all things Penn State – especially Penn State basketball and football where her tailgates were legendary –  and a second mom to so many:  neighborhood kids, friends of her own kids, and Penn State students and athletes who would show up regularly for meals and/or a place to stay if they were unable to travel home over breaks.  Martha relied on her Catholic faith to make this world a better place.  And she did.  She played a mean game of bridge and could also tell a story better than most. 

Martha is survived by her beloved husband of nearly sixty years, Laddy; children, Ann Henegar and husband, Ed, of Charlotte, NC, Michael and wife, Britt, of Raleigh, NC and Jill Tierney and husband, Peyton, of Lexington, KY; grandchildren, Guille, Luke, and Millan Henegar; Cooper and Elizabeth Thomas, and Chardy Tierney; forty-four nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Susan Glaser.  Martha was preceded in death by her sisters, Ginny Zachar, Alma Jackson, Margaret Martin, Patricia Curran, Kathleen Brady and her brother, John Glaser. 

The family wishes to thank her loving caregivers, Ebony, Etta, Julia, Patricia and Sandy, as well as Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region and the Aldersgate community for their support and compassionate care. 

A private funeral mass will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, Attn: Tonya Grimm, 3745 Tallman Avenue, Bellaire, Ohio 43906. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at



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  • Marcy Collit

    Dear Laddie and Family,
    We sent our sympathy for your loss of Martha, your wife and mother.
    Much love, Marcy, George and Sharon Collitt

  • Pat Salvanish McCartney Corman

    I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to Laddy, Ann, Michael & Jill. I use to work at Elby's waaay back in the day & you all always meant so much to me as well as Martha. I so appreciated when Laddy & Martha came to Geisinger to visit me after my car accident. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you all. And I thank you for being so concerned when I was at my worst. You all are very special to me & you will be in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time as well as in my heart forever.

  • Bonita Thompson Glaser

    Ron and I have fond memories of visiting years ago in State College, PA. Martha was a great hostess.
    We especially remember the basement full of cots, beds and sleeping bags and all the Penn State enthusiasm !
    God's comfort and care to you all at this time. - Bonita

  • Mary Anne Durst

    Laddy and family. Love and prayers to you all. Martha was a well loved cousin. Please know much love goes your way. MARY ANNE ROBINSON DURST. ( Aunt Mimi's daughter)

  • Anne Rhodes

    Dear Thomas Family,
    So very sorry for the loss of Aunt Martha. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time at your house, playing canasta, going to the pool and just generally having a good time. She was a terrific Aunt and always talked to us like friends, not kids. She had a great sense of humor and was such an engaging storyteller.
    So sad for your family but hope all your good and happy memories will bring you comfort. She loved all her family so much.
    Sending prayers and love to all of you.
    Anne Curran Rhodes