Irene Sylvia Martin
1929 - 2017
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Martin, Irene Sylvia Age 87; passed away June 1, 2017 in Jackson, Michigan after battling a long illness. Irene was born on June 11, 1929 in Ironwood, Michigan to Walter and Auni Wiemeri. Irene is predeceased by husband Melvin Martin, daughter Sharon and son Thomas. She is survived by her children Christine Adomitis, Kenneth, Jerome, Janice, Brian, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Irene and Mel raised their family of seven in Pontiac, Michigan and moved to Traverse City, MI in 1992 after retirement. Irene worked in the Pontiac Public School system to retirement. She stayed active in Traverse City with her hobbies of gardening and baking, making sure the neighborhood children, that frequently visited, had home baked cookies. She was a member of the Traverse City Figure Skating Club, and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. There wasn't a sport or event she didn't love if her children were involved. She was the definition of a "soccer" mom never missing events and always offering praise and encouragement. Irene was an avid MSU football, basketball and Detroit Tigers fan, rarely missing televised games and made the most of attending Tigers games with her family. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 W. Silver Lake South, in Traverse City, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to celebrate Irene's life to follow. Interment will be a family gathering at Oakwood Catholic Cemetery in Traverse City immediately after the luncheon. The Martin Family wishes to extend thanks to the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, and the staff of Great Lakes Caring Hospice and RidgeCrest Health Campus for Irene's care during her illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter at The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

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Published in The Oakland Press from Jun. 2 to Jun. 4, 2017.
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June 22, 2017
Irene always had a beautiful smile on her face.
Katrina Person
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