Robert B. Martin

Robert B. Martin, 78, of Avoca, died Monday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton. His wife of 58 years is Christine Fantanarosa Martin.

Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1935, son of the late Bernard C. Martin and Helen Martin Rowe, Robert was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca. He was a 1953 graduate of Berwick High School. After high school, he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War from 1953-1957. Upon returning from the Korean War, he attended Bloomsburg University and graduated in 1961. Robert was a schoolteacher in Eatontown, N.J. He then worked for the A. Rifkin Co. as director of sales and retired in 1997 after 25 years of service. Robert was a member and past president of the Avoca Lions Club, a member of the Emanon Country Club, Falls, a former member of the Queen of the Apostles Pastoral Council and a member of the Korean War Veterans of the Wyoming Valley.

Also surviving are his son, Kevin and wife, Gertrude McGowan Martin, Plains; and his grandchildren, both of whom were his pride and joy, Owen and Tessa Martin.

Robert's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and also the nurses and staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion and care for Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Church, Hawthorne Street, Avoca, with the Rev. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Interment will be private and held at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre. The AMVETS Honor Guard of Dupont will provide military honors.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Friends of the family are asked to go directly to the church for the Mass; there will be no procession from the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Activities Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuner alservices.com

Published in Scranton Times from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 2013