MORRISDALE - Gilbert D. Martell, 78, of RD Morrisdale, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clearfield.
Born March 22, 1942 in Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Maximino Martell and Olga Fortys.
On Aug. 21, 1982, he wed Mary (Evans) Martell who survives at home.
Also surviving are his step children, Matthew Welker and wife Lois of Philipsburg, Melody English and husband Roy of Winslow, Ariz., Mark Welker and companion Sue Newman of Clearfield, Monica Sanderbeck and companion Mike Graham of Morrisdale, Melissa Lukens and husband Jason of Wallaceton; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Neidia Rodriguez, Fla.; Jenny Martell of New York City, N.Y., Evelyn Fortiz, Loyda Vega, Ada Olma, all of Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Martell.
Gilbert was a member of the Morris Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, Morrisdale. He enjoyed working Morris Township Bingo and the people who worked it with him. He always was willing to help the fire company out with various fund raisers. He was a member of the Cooper Twp. Sportsman Club where he loved playing poker with the guys. He enjoyed going to Salamanca with Mary. They both enjoyed dancing and playing cards together until wee hours of the morning.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m. at Strange & Weaver Funeral Service, Morrisdale.
There will be a private funeral service following in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Matt Scott.
Masks and social distancing will be required.
Family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to Morris Twp. Vol. Fire Company, P.O. Box 254, Morrisdale, PA 16858.
Published in The Progress from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2021.