Michael Martin Jr., 100, of Bruce Township, Mich., and formerly of New Milford and Susquehanna, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Mich.
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Michael was born January 25, 1912 in Pennsylvania, the son Michael Sr. and Mary (Soley) Martin.
Michael attended many schools, including the Conservatory of Music and Lackawanna Business College. He holds degrees from Westchester University, Bucknell University, and Syracuse University. After graduation, he worked in New Milford as a teacher and coach. He retired from the Susquehanna Community Schools as its Principal in 1975.
Michael had a full and interesting life. He was gifted musically and played with his own orchestra called "Mikey Martin's Orchestra" during the 1930's. He then met the love of his life and married the former Eileen Fernane on July 12, 1941 at St. John Catholic Church in New Milford.
Michael proudly served his country proud during WWII in the Army and served many service groups during his lifetime, including the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, local VFW and the Lions Club, all while living in Pennsylvania. During his college days, he was a gifted gymnast. After retirement, he was an avid oil painter.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years Eileen; children, Kathleen (Don) Edwards of Romeo, Mich., and Michael (Diane) Martin of Rhode Island; grandchildren Alycia and Robert Starr, Amy (Stephen) Dressler, Michael Christopher Martin, Lisa ( Mark) Schirmer, and Bryan and Donald Edwards; sister Marian Marshall of Florida; and 14 great grandchildren.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings George, Helen Pagano, and Anna Mae Guinane.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5 at St Clement Catholic Church of Romeo with Fr. John (Fr. Doc) Ortmann officiating with burial to follow in the Romeo Cemetery. Visitation was on Friday with a Rosary by the Knights of Columbus, Council #7018 in Romeo.
Arrangements by the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo Michigan.
Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2013