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Francis Martini

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Francis A. Martini 1935-2011 STEPHENTOWN Francis A. Martini, 76 of Wilderness Way died on Monday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. Born in Pittsfield, on September 10, 1935, he was the son of the late Anthony and Rose Stracuzzi Martini. A 1953 graduate of Pittsfield High School where he excelled in football and baseball, Fran has been a resident of Stephentown for the past 20 years after living in New Lebanon for 11 years. Mr. Martini enlisted into the United States Army in September of 1956 where he was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division at Ft. Bragg. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended barbering school and worked with his father and uncle in Dom's Wendell Barbershop in Pittsfield for 6 years. He then worked for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as a machine operator and laborer retiring in 1990. Fran was a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association having held a trainers license at Finger Lakes, Belmont and Saratoga. He loved animals of all sorts; watching the bear in his backyard, feeding squirrels, raising pit bulls and dearly loved his late cat "Sugar" and his late dogs "Ebony" and "Emma". He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, cooking and watching both the History and Military channels. His true love was his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to many. He will be missed dearly by all. Survivors include his children Anthony (Elizabeth) Martini of Brighton, Mich., LeeAnn Martini of Magnolia, Del., Jason Martini of Pittsfield, grandchildren Luke Martini of Pittsfield, Kathleen, Annamarie and Joseph A. Martini all of Brighton, Mich., along with many cousins, extended family and close friends. He was predeceased by a sister Venera Rose Weary. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m., in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43, Stephentown where Rev. John Close will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the start of the service. For those wishing to remember Fran is a special way, his family request memorial contributions be made to www.specialolympics.org or www.outofthepits.org or www.mohawkhumanesociety.org

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 4, 2012
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