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JOHN ARMSTRONG MARTENIS FERRISBURG - John Armstrong Martenis died unexpectedly at home on Sept. 3, 2011. He was born April 3, 1966, in San Francisco, Calif., moving to Burlington when he was six weeks old. He grew up in Burlington, graduating from South Burlington High School in 1984. He attended colleges in California and North Carolina and had recently graduated from Vermont Technical College. John was a talented musician, devoted husband and playful father. He had a quick wit and dazzling smile. He had a lifelong love of animals and devoted himself to their welfare for many years working at animal shelters. He made his family proud when he worked so hard to become a nurse at the ripe old age of forty. As a nurse, he used compassion and humor to comfort the old and infirm. He particularly prided himself on his ability to calm down agitated and confused patients. He loved the outdoors: hiking, biking, photography. He loved to watch eagles and hawks. His children were the light of his life. He wrote silly songs for them to sing together and beautiful songs about them. He was excellent at Lego. He is survived by the love of his life, Alicia Kroll, and his much loved children, Stella and Zane; as well as his mother, Susan Wheeler; his father and stepmother, Tom and Nancy Martenis; and his siblings, Sara Cheeseman, Brook Martenis, Paul Martenis, Nell Wheeler and Sam Wheeler-Martenis. Arrangements for services are incomplete at this time. A celebration of his life will be forthcoming with music, children and animals and will be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society of Franklin County.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 13, 2011
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