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.