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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