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Beryle Martinek


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Beryle Martinek

Burlington - Beryle Martinek, 96, a longtime resident of Burlington Vermont, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2018 in Helena, Montana. She is survived by her children; Jane Martinek-Slyker, Paul Martinek, Angela Martinek and Timothy Martinek. Beryle had 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Beryle was born in Southampton, England on September 17, 1922. During WWII she was a driver in the RAF. While serving her country, she met Frank Martinek, a Colonel in the Czech Air Force and they were married. After the war they moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia. They eventually immigrated to Montreal, Canada. Beryle became active in her Church and the Daughters of the British Empire.

Subsequently they immigrated to the United States. After living in Cincinnati, Ohio and Glendora, California they moved to Burlington Vermont. Beryle became the social worker at Birchwood Nursing Home.

Beryle was involved in the Lutheran Church and the Overseas Wives. She devoted a lot of time and effort in promoting the British way of life. Over the years she was instrumental in helping open a British Tea Room and it was dedicated to her, "The Duchess Tearoom" in Essex Junction, VT. Beryle was an avid collector of British china and cups and saucers. After she retired she stayed active with the Overseas Wives and she became a volunteer at the UVM Medical Center Hospital. Beryle moved to Eugene OR and was involved with the Eugene Symphony Guild and the Assistance League of Eugene. Beryle enjoyed travelling, reminiscing, reading and socializing. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Cremation has taken place and A Celebration of Life will be held in Burlington, VT this Spring. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Beryle.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 11, 2019
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