Jaffrey, N.H.- Ernest R. “Ernie” Martel, 95, a lifelong resident of Brattleboro died early Tuesday morning, September 4, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Jaffrey following a lengthy period of declining health.
Ernie was born in Brattleboro on July 25, 1923 the son of Henry and Edmee (Cormier) Martel. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro and had attended Saint Michaels High School.
A proud veteran of World War II, Ernie served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater of Operation and upon his honorable discharge from active service he returned home to Brattleboro.
He had been employed for many years as custodian at Saint Michaels School and previously worked at the former Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates and for the C.F. Church Co. On a part-time basis Ernie was a school bus driver.
With his wife he was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, spectator sports and time shared with his family.
On July 25, 1942 at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church he was married to Ethel Benjamin. His faithful and devoted wife of 68 years predeceased him on September 25, 2010.
Survivors include one son, Michael Martel and his wife Maria of New Ipswich, N.H.; a daughter, Annette Mondeau and husband William of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Irene Cembura and Marcia Mears.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:00 P.M. at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home with his son Pastor Michael Martel officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Saint Michaels Parish Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 Noon until the start of the services.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Martel’s named may be made to, Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05301.