Albert Martini Jr. 1939-2018
HOWLAND — Albert “Al” Martini Jr., 78, of Howland, entered eternal rest peacefully with his wife at his side at 1:09 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in his home under the comforting care of hospice.
Al was born on May 14, 1939, in Warren, the son of the late Albert and Catherine Vitello Martini Sr., and was a lifelong area resident.
A 1957 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, Al was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves.
He started working as a barber with his uncle Perry in Warren. He then became partners and owned with a good friend the Classic Barber Shop on East Market Street in Warren for eight years.
For more than 31 years, Al was a general laborer with Packard Electric and retired in 1999.
Most know Al as a well-known area musician specializing in his special sound on the sax. Over the years, he was associated with many bands — Variety Aces, Allen & the Quadells, U.S. Males, Concept J. Bee Trio, Sterle Holbrook & the Drifters and the Bill Cessna Combo. For 28 years, Al played sax for the Bob Trucola Orchestra. He also played for Eddie Vallus Band II and Mike Roncone. Al’s musical career and talent on the saxophone spanned over 50 years. Al enjoyed music and was always grateful for the many happy years and many friends he met in his musical career.
He loved to play golf.
Al was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Warren.
Al was a devoted husband and father. He was married on May 22, 1965, to the former Marian A. D’Andrea and they have been married for 52 wonderful years and shared the love of four children, Pamela Martini of Charleston, S.C., Michael (Christine) Martini of McDonald, Steven (Marnie) Martini of Howland and Matthew (Candice) Martini of Columbus; and two grandchildren, Tyler Martini and Amber Lamb. Al is also survived by a brother, Randall (Libby) Martini of Howland; two sisters, Rochelle Davidson of Warren and Virginia “Ginny” (Angelo) Lucarelli of Howland; two sisters-in-law, Carmella Hicks of Cortland and Judy (Virgil) Nicastro of Girard and by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in the Sinchak & Kaszowski Funeral Home, 727 E. Market St., Warren, and again from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018, in the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial, with the Rev. Craig A. McHenry officiating, will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish-St. James Catholic Church, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home prior to leaving for the church.
Entombment will take place in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Al’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 5000 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44484.
Al’s family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Orr and all the staff at the Warren Dialysis Center for the care they gave to Al, and for Hospice of the Valley for allowing Al to remain in the peace and comfort of his home during his final days.
Arrangements for the Martini family are under the direction of the Sinchak & Kaszowski Funeral Home, 330-392-5691. Family and Friends may visit www.sinchakkaszowski.com to view this tribute and share condolences to the Martini family.