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Obituary: Mary Etta Martin

Mary Etta (Meb Gleckler) Martin, the wife of Charles P. Martin and resident of Trumbull, CT died on July 13, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Born in Mineola, New York on January 6, 1931, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Dolliver) Gleckler, she is survived by her husband and their seven children and their spouses: Cathleen and Vincent Prespentt of Farmington, New Mexico; Chuck and Julie of Waterford, Connecticut; Maureen and Tony Riggsbee of Youngsville, North Carolina; Tim and Maria of Plano, Texas; Theresa and Pete O’Callaghan of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; Pat of Seymour, Connecticut and Michael and Sharon of Seymour, Connecticut. She was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Margaret (Gleckler) Brose of Bellarie Bluffs, Florida; her brother Calvin Gleckler of Old Bethpage, New York, her brother-in-law James Martin and his wife Jacqueline of Pompano Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Loretta Gleckler of Bayshore, New York, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by both of her parents and her brother Harry Gleckler.

Mary graduated with Charles from Hicksville High in 1948 and from Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica, New York in 1951. She was a member of the varsity basketball team of both schools. Mary married Charles in Saint Ignatius Church in Hicksville in 1952. As a registered nurse in the State of New York she practiced nursing in several Nassau County hospitals until moving to Trumbull in early 1961. She was a loving wife and mother dedicated to her family. She loved to read, knit, walk, and garden. She traveled widely both domestically and internationally. Mary was the first president of the Saint Catherine of Siena Home School Association. She was elected and served as president of the Parish Woman’s Guild for the years 1969 and 1970. She has been an active member of the Parish since 1961. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 190 Shelton Rd., Trumbull, CT. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Nichols Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Church. For online condolences please visit mullinsfh.com

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com