Union City, Pa.
Norman H. Martin, 57, of Union City and Wattsburg died peacefully at the home of his "brother and sister-in-law" Darin and Jennifer Nuse, after a ten month battle with cancer.
He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on August 6, 1963 the son of Marilyn Seidl Martin of Erie who survives him and the late Raymond J. Martin.
Norm graduated from Union City High School in 1982 and joined the U.S. Army Reserves where he served with the 382nd MASH Unit as a Medical Specialist for six years. He later joined the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served for eight years as an HMC. He worked for Emergycare as a Paramedic for 33 years retiring only when he was stricken with cancer. He was one of only few Paramedics in the area to have completed the requirements for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, allowing him to practice anywhere in the country. He was licensed in Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. For most of his life, he also helped his stepmother at the Warthman Funeral Home, where he resided.
He was very active in the Union City / Wattsburg area. He served as Fire Chief of the Wattsburg Hose Company from 1997 to the present. He was a Life Member of the Wattsburg Hose Company and the Union City Fire Department. He was a member of Union City Fire Department Scuba Rescue Team for a number of years. He served as a Deputy Corner for Lyell Cook for five years. He also belonged to the Union City Wireless Association, an amateur radio club that often were called upon in times of emergencies.
Norm is survived by his foster mother, C. L. "Connie" Fasenmyer Warthman and her husband Dr. John M. Mohr of Union City; three sisters, Coleen McGuire and her husband James of Union City, Trisha Gunther and her husband Carl, of Erie and Clareen Warthman and her husband James Thompson of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Robert Martin of Erie and Darin Nuse and his wife Jennifer of Wattsburg; two sons, Josh Martin of Pittsburgh and Adam Martin of Erie and one daughter, April Martin of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by two grandsons, Johna and Noah Martin of Erie and several nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his "extended family" and close friends, Anne Hall, Cody Ayers, Bob Glenn, Marty Hamilton, Brad McCray, Dan Szymanski, Dave Wellman, and Bob Wolf.
Friends may call at St. Teresa's Church, 9 Third Ave., Union City, Pa., on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial there on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rev. F. Thomas Suppa celebrant. Last Call and Full Military Honors will follow at the Wattsburg Hose Company, 14415 Route 8, Wattsburg, Pa. Burial will be in the family plot at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Norm requested that donations be made in his memory to the Wattsburg Hose Company, 14415 Route 8, Wattsburg, PA 16442.
The C. S. Warthman Funeral Home, Inc., 69 North Main Street, Union City is in charge of arrangements.
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Published by Erie Times-News on Jun. 24, 2021.