Martin Frank Barberio

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Martin Frank Barberio, 87, of Jones Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. He was a resident of Little Flower Manor and a member of St. Andrew's Parish (St. Patrick's Church.)

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 28, 1925, he was a son of the late Antonio and Mary Autunno Barberio, Wilkes-Barre. Marty attended GAR High School and later joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed by the PA Railroad, by Ryman Lumber Co. and later Leggett and Platt Lumber until he retired.

In the 1940s Marty was an amateur welterweight boxer, who fought under the name 'Marty Barber' for Joe Rodano's young men's club, and traveled the East Coast.

Martin was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Clare Murphy Barberio, in March 2011. He was also preceded by brothers, John, Vincent, Jerry, Joseph and Anthony.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Clare Keithline and her husband, Francis, Wilkes-Barre; and Joanne Blaum and her husband, Frank, Wilkes-Barre; Pop-Pop has five grandchildren, Cheryl Ann Murphy and her husband, Mark, Douglassville; Francis Martin Keithline and his wife, Michelle, Oxford, Conn.; Martin Keithline and his wife, Victoria, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Jennifer Polemitis and her husband, Yuannis, Wilkes-Barre; and Amanda Blaum, Wilkes-Barre; and 11 great-grandchildren, Mark, Caitlin, Shawn, Devan and Shannon Murphy, Douglassville; Christopher and Samantha Keithline, Oxford, Conn.; Yuannis and Victoria Polemitis, Wilkes-Barre; and Antonio and Shae Lynn Warren, Upper Marlboro, Md. Martin is also survived by a brother, Frank, Kingston; and two sisters, Florence Walkowiak, Wilkes-Barre; and Anna Marie Vitale, Nanticoke; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Marty was an avid Yankees fan, a race horse fan and he and his many friends enjoyed handicapping the races. His favorite story was about going to New York with his friends to a track and ending up near "Woodstock," they could not believe what they were seeing.

His family would like to thank the doctors, especially Dr. Patrick Kerrigan and Dr. Juan DeRojas, nurses, sisters, aides and everyone who helped with his care at Little Flower Manor. A special "Thank you" to Father Ghezzi for all his time just listening, he certainly did enjoy those visits.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday at the Chapel at Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from noon until time of service at Little Flower.

Arrangements are by the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Condolences may be sent by visiting the funeral home website at www.lehmanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2012
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