Mary "Christine" (Traskos) Martin, of Rockfall, passed away on Saturday, January 12th after a brief illness. Born on September 9, 1949, she was the daughter of Georgine and Walter Traskos, and attended St. Mary's School in Middletown before graduating from Mercy High School in 1968. Chris met the love of her life, Michael Martin, in 1980 while on a camping trip in Key West, Florida. The two married in 1981 and briefly lived in Denver, Colorado, where she had both of her daughters, before returning to Connecticut and purchasing the home she grew up in on Main Street in Rockfall.
Chris worked as a cafeteria manager in Regional School District 13 for sixteen years and was well-known and loved by the students at John Lyman Elementary School. To her daughters' friends, who often hung out at the Martin house, she is fondly remembered as 'Mama Martin'.
Chris' warmth and unassuming personality drew people to her. Though she cherished her family most of all, she was a loyal and loving friend to more people than can be named in this brief space. Her zest for life and sense of adventure was contagious and she often spoke fondly of the adventures she embarked on, including a cross country trip from Connecticut to California and back, hiking the Grand Canyon and the three days she spent at Woodstock in 1969.
For twenty years she participated in an annual camping trip with several of her closest girlfriends who called themselves the 'Yo Mamas'. These annual adventures provided her with a new cache of funny stories to entertain her non-camping friends with, and her unique story telling style resulted in shrieks of laughter and breathless entreaties to stop so folks could take a breath. She was also a member of the K Club in Rockfall and served as a 4-H group leader for many years.
Besides her husband, Michael, Chris is survived by her two daughters, Shannon and Jamie Martin, who also reside in Rockfall, a brother Walter Traskos of Middletown, a brother Wiley Peckham and his wife Mary Lee of East Haddam, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday at 3 pm at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver Street, Middletown. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home on Friday prior to the service from 1 to 3 pm. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Martin Family. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.