• Born: October 22, 1948
  • Died: September 26, 2017
  • Location: Bratenhal, Ohio

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

MARTHA "PEGGY" MATHNA age 68. Passed peacefully on September 28, 2017. Beloved daughter of the late Woody and Kathryn. Peggy was an experienced Political Operative and Lobbyist. She worked with the United States Congress for over twenty five years. She served as Congressional Chief of Staff, and as a Staff Director of two congressional committees. She served as a campaign advisor and a professional Government Affairs consultant to domestic and foreign governments, embassies and businesses on large-scale economic development projects in the U.S., Middle East, Asia and Africa. . She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from 1986 – 2002. A consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Cooper Hewitt-National Museum of Design. Since 2003, she was a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of St. Jude Research Hospital. Peggy was a studio musician in L.A. attended Otis/Parsons School of Design and has a political science degree from The Ohio State University. A special "Thank You" to her caregiver Tracy Cox for always being there for her. Contributions requested to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday October 5, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 12 Noon at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO 44130.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Wow. I always thought we would see each other again. I thought we would hold hands and hug. I hate that the moment was taken from us. I missed you very much. You are a driving force in my life. I always strived for you, I will forever want you to be proud of me. No matter what, I will always hold the lessons you shared with me do close to my heart. I will always love you Peggy.

Posted by Lidia Trempe - Parma - Friend   November 05, 2017

Rest in Peace, dear Peggy Mathna.

Posted by Nenad Andric - Venice, Italy - Friend   October 22, 2017

To Peggy's family please accept my sincere sympathy. Peggy was always a kind person. Even though I have not seen her in a long time I still considered her my friend. RIP Peggy, you are now in your forever home.

Sylvia Lopez Murillo

Posted by Sylvia Murillo - Elyria, OH - Classmate   October 10, 2017

My deepest condolences to family and friends. Peggy graduated with our 1966 AKHS class. May your memory be eternal.

Posted by Idalia Kaniaris (Contreras) - Liberty Township, OH - Classmate   October 10, 2017

You will be greatly missed .let your legacy live on through the people you have touched threw your wisdom and love god has his angle let you be forever in peace.....

Posted by Deborah McCrory - Eastlake, OH - Neighbor   October 04, 2017

As one of the caregivers to Peggy I had the honor at her request to be allowed to express my tender loving care through my hands as I took this oath to provide professional care to many as Peggy was a beautiful woman with a stern heart of gold very serious about her care and she needed to feel secure that you could meet her needs and she'd pull out the best of you without you realizing that her care was intimate her care was cleaver Peggy's care needs touched your mind and heart.Her care taught you if nothing else patience. Patience to help you relax into a professional mode by putting your heart into her care and once I examine her needs my care was all love because she made me understand through patience she's a loving person and I went above and beyond my duties as always because Peggy diagnosis could be me or it could be you.Peggy taught me how to love and spoiled her. Peggy slowed me down to listen to her heart and her desire both was saying stand here listen to me be dedicated to me and I did.I will forever hear the ring of Peggy's bell as I do now and I look up and laugh and say that's Peggy.I will miss so and thanks for giving me the honor as one of your caregivers.Peace Love and Light.

Posted by Tracy Ball - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 04, 2017

Full of life, Peggy was an indefatigable force utterly devoted to Cleveland and its betterment --economically, socially, educationally, artistically, politically. She was a woman of good humor and intelligence rising from the working class of people.

Peggy blazed a path forward for others who would follow her lead. Truly strong and courageous, generous and insightful, she proved her full metal during her acceptance of the ALS diagnosis. She kept working as long as she could and bore her heavy burden with enormous dignity and resolve.

Peggy Mathna's life made our community and nation stronger. May the angels of healing and comfort carry her now to a place of lasting peace and may those she loved draw comfort through her strength. Peggy made a positive difference for others, and for that, we remain eternally grateful.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Ohio 9

Posted by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 02, 2017

I will cherish my memory of your laughter, wit and talent. 41 years of history and friendship! You will be missed!

Posted by Don Doskey - Chapel Hill   October 02, 2017


I will always cherish memories of your journey. Such rich history expressed through your great talent with use of the mighty pen. A passionate teacher. Always there and willing to help those in need. May your soul find its deserving rest and freedom in heaven.

Posted by Cindy Marizette - South Euclid, OH - Friend   September 30, 2017