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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

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


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