MARTINOWSKY, Frederick J. Born Sept. 3, 1925 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, and died Feb. 16, 2013. Raised by parents from Russia who did not speak english, they readily adapted to their multi-national neighborhood by learning portions of all the local languages and culminating them to be able to communicate. He did not speak English until he attended public school. In his teens, his parents bought a dairy farm in New Jersey, and he hated it, too much "stuff" to shovel. That lasted about a week and then something inside him clicked and he became a full-fledged farmer, shoveling with glee and enthusiasm. WWII came along and he enlisted in the Navy, where he went to both theaters, Mediterranean and Pacific, as his ship LST 690 transported the troops. Mustering out in 1946, the G.I. Bill was offered and that was the greatest gift a guy could get. Frederick went to school night and day to bone up and get ready for college and was admitted to the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in Business. He was the first one from his family to ever have received such an education. He spent his early years with GE, IBM and UNIVAC as a software programmer, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the 1st Commander of newly organized American Legion Post 1976, Annandale, VA. Frederick retired from the USDA, Washington, DC, where he was hired to organize and help the States get on board with their data processing methods for the Food Stamp Program. In the middle and until the end of all this, he was married to Judy and had two kids, Steve and Nadya, and retired to Florida. Steve married Jeanie, and had 3 children, Brittany, Makayla and Aubree. Nadya had a son, Collin. Judy and Frederick were married for 55 years. They worked hard, traveled and Frederick enjoyed his stay on this earth, no complaints. He is predeceased by his parents, Julia and Joseph; brothers, Nicholas and Arkady; and sister, Nadya. Services and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA in the near future. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 20, 2013