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Frank J. Martin 1924-2019

GIRARD — Frank Joseph Martin, 95, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Oct. 3, 2019, at Windsor House of Champion, following a lengthy illness.

Frank, who was affectionately known as “Sookey,” was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Girard, a son of the late John and Rose Spatara Martin, and was a lifelong area resident.

He worked for the Erie and Conrail Railroads for 41 years, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Martin was a lifelong parishioner of St. Rose Church in Girard.

In his early years, Sookey enjoyed bowling, playing bocce, feeding all of the birds in his neighborhood and working the daily word Jumble. Most of all, Frank loved helping his neighbors and his family.

Frank leaves to cherish his memory his wife, the love of his life, Louise T. Palmer Martin, whom he married June 26, 1954; his daughter, Rosemary (Rob) Hamilton of Canfield; his son, John (Kathy) Martin of Howland; three grandchildren, Shannon (Troy) Leavery of Streetsboro, Kayla Martin (fiance Josh Nickler) of Columbus and Ryan Martin (fiancee Corinne Jacobs) of Howland; three great-granddaughters, Cassidy Smaldino, Sydnie Leavery and Ashlynn Leavery; his beloved “grand-dogs,” Dakota and Zooey; and his “great-grand-dog,” Charlie.

A grandson, Andrew Hamilton; brothers, Anthony, Joseph, John and Frankie; and sisters, Phyllis, Mary and Concetta, preceded Sookey in death.

Family and friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the Mass and will be in Girard Liberty Union Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Girard.

The Martin family would like to thank the staff at Warren Dialysis Center in Howland for the exceptional care and treatment given to Frank. Additionally, his family would like to thank his caregiver, Tracy Tafini, for her kindness and companionship she provided to Frank and Louise.

In lieu of flowers, Frank’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Kidney Fund through www.kindneyfund.org.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary and to send condolences online to Frank’s family.

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