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Grace W. Martin

May 30, 2016

Grace W. Martin, Centennial Apartments, formerly of Sherman St., Watertown, passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2016, at age 103.

Born January 26, 1913, in Lawrence, IN, daughter of William E. and Lucy Sharron Welch, she graduated from Carthage High School in 1930 and Potsdam Normal School in 1933.

She married Thomas E. Martin on September 4, 1937, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. J. A. Sullivan officiating. Mr. Martin, who in 1941 was the first station manager of radio station WWNY, died June 7, 1984.

An elementary school teacher, Mrs. Martin retired from Holy Family School. She also taught in Watertown Public Schools, Schroon Lake Central, Rogers Crossing, and Great Bend. A communicant of St. Patrick's Church and its Altar & Rosary Society, she was a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood Auxiliary, Mercy Auxiliary, and Centennial Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon K. Martin, FL, Maureen A. Martin, FL, and Lori J. and Stephen J. Brock, UT; three grandchildren - Jenny Martin, Shauna Brock, and Andrea Martin; nieces, nephews and dear friends. A brother, William J. Welch, Sr., died in 1985; and a sister, Mary, died in infancy.

Burial takes place at St. James Cemetery, Carthage, immediately following a prayer service at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, on Thursday, June 2, at 1:00 PM. There will be no calling hours. Donations in her name may be made to either Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., or Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.

Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.



#6 Marsha Davis 2016-06-06 19:22
75 years ago the Martin and Davis families came together as Grace's husband and my dad helped put WWNY radio on the air. When the Martin's returned to Watertown Maureen became a dear friend and I was fortunate to come to know Tom and Grace. Dear Grace came to my mother's funeral in 2002. May those old friends be with the angels together. Bless you all.
Marsha D. Spiridigliozzi
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#5 Mary Hughes 2016-06-02 11:56
Maureen, Sharon, and Lori,
I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. Mrs. Martin touched so many peoples lives. We couldn't have asked for a better neighbor. She was one of the sweetest and kindest people I've ever known. Even after she moved to her apartment, I used to enjoy our visits around the holidays. She will be greatly missed. God has gained a wonderful angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family at this difficult time.
Mary and Bob Hughes and family
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#4 Carole Evans 2016-06-02 11:14
May you rest in peace my dear Godmother! You always had such a positive attitude and many funny stories. You were blessed to have such caring daughters taking care of you! I will miss you but know you are resting and having cocktails with Tommy, and my Mom & Dad. Love you!
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#3 John LeClaire 2016-06-01 18:28
My condolences to the Martin family on the passing of a remarkable lady. May she rest in peace.
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#2 Dianne Rotella 2016-05-31 18:46
My condolences to the Martin Family. I had Mrs. Martin in 4th grade at Holy Family - she was one of my favorite teachers. I would see her once in a while - I don't think she ever aged. She certainly lived a full and rewarding life. May she rest in peace.
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#1 Shauna K. Brock 2016-05-31 18:04
I miss you, Grandmother. Wherever you are, I hope someone is making Manhattans.
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