My sincere condolences to Antoinette's family and friends. I met Antoinette a few years ago and we became fast friends. I have been trying to contact her for the past six months, and only today learned of her untimely passing. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A truly wonderful, talented, kind and generous person.
Early this morning I found out that my 9th grade English teacher, Antoinette Martella, passed away. I am in shock. I can barely write this, my hands are shaking so much, but I just need to share. I remember when I was 14, I was consciously determined to impress her because she was the most fabulous woman I had ever met. She had style, charisma, intelligence and she became as much a muse to me as any of my favorite artists. I wanted to be like her when I grew up. It was in her class that I discovered my love for writing and it was in her class that I decided to take my creative talents seriously. Mrs. M and her class changed my life forever and that is not even a slight exaggeration. So much of who I am and where I'm going in life is because of her and our friendship. In high school, I was in the International program and before graduating we had to complete a year-and-a-half long personal project. My project was a screenplay--a big reason for choosing to do a screenplay was because I knew they'd match me with Mrs. M as my mentor, and they did. That is when Mrs. M and I became friends. I remember the first time, while working on that project, she invited me to her home. I was so excited and nervous to see where and how this fabulous creature, who I idolized, lived. Her home was beautiful and totally her--it was warm, inviting, there was lots of light and lots of books everywhere. After I graduated from High School, Mrs. M and I stayed close. I could talk to her about anything. The amazing, deep conversations we had are moments I will treasure forever. To say I feel lucky to have known and loved her is a gross understatement--I am blessed. My heart is broken and I will miss forever. RIP Mrs. M—always and forever the most fabulous woman I ever met.
To Claire and family, my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved sister Antoinette. May God grant her eternal rest.
To my dear friend Linda,
My thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss.
your friend always,
Our profound condolences to her daughters and their families and also to her siblings. It is always so very sad when such a beautiful person is suddenly wrenched away.
Tony Stange and Christa Fust-Stange
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Antoinette's loved ones.
Mrs. M captivated us with the classics—with Atticus Finch and Algernon and Romeo and Juliet and Tybalt and any number of Commedia dell'Arte archetypes. Herself a literary class act, she engendered lively debate unlike anyone in her field. We learned more than we could have imagined, as projected by that little microphone through which she lectured. Not that her booming personality warranted any amplification.
She will always be remembered as the astonishingly spry, superbly witty, and wonderfully confrontational woman who graced the halls of my adolescence. Grazie.
Please accept our heartfelt condolesence Bernard, as well as Antoinette's family. We met her through Bernard and and will remember her as a warm and intelligent person.
Warm regards, Dave Glazier and Heather Pearson
We are deeply saddened at the loss of a cherished friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. It breaks our hearts that her two daughters Leanne & Miranda will no longer have the company of their mother whom loved them so dearly. We are deeply feeling for Bernard, Claude, and we are sending condolences to her whole family. Larry and I both know what a warm and caring extended family she had. We were blessed to have had many cherished memories with her. We met many of her family over the years at her famous Christmas carolling parties. She was a very warm, intelligent, no-nonsense woman who was loved and admired by so many. She had a presence that would light up a room, and her laugh was hearty and sincere. Twenty years ago Larry was hired by her at St. Thomas and he will always be greatful for her beleif in him at that time. She saw his passion mostly because she understood what she herself possessed so much of. She truly was a huge life force, her energy, exuberance, and passion for teaching was second to none. She was a rare gem of a human being and I know so many of her countless students, friends, and family have their hearts broken. There are too few people in this world whom you could say were generous and giving to a fault, but she was one of these such people. RIP dear one, knowing how much love you gave in this life.
All our love
Nicole & Larry
I was deeply saddened to read about Antoinette's passing. I worked with Antoinette when we were both coordinators and, afterwards, when she became the principal of Saint Thomas High School. She epitomized grace, style, elegance, and class: she was a Lady. I'll always keep the very best of memories of the time we worked together. My sincerest condolences go out to her daughters, her brothers and sister, her family and friends. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, Antoinette.