Martha M. Martinchek, 82, Dexter

DEXTER, NY — Martha M. Martinchek (nee, Preputnik), 82, of Dexter, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Born Jan. 7, 1937, in Freeland, PA, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Preputnik, she graduated from Freeland High School, and later attended Pennsylvania State University’s campus in Hazleton, PA.

On May 7, 1960, she married Thomas E. Martinchek at St. Patrick’s Church in White Haven, PA.

Mrs. Martinchek was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society for many years.

She was an advocate for the disabled and volunteered for and served on the board of directors of the ARC (now known as the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center) in Watertown.

Mrs. Martinchek loved gardening and bird watching.

She is survived by four sons, Thomas G., Tampa, FL, Mark (Sally), Canton, NY, David A., Rochester, MI, John M., Canton, NY, a daughter, Karen A. Martinchek, Joppa, MD, two grandchildren, Kyle Martinchek, Cincinnati, OH, and Lauren Martinchek, Canton, NY; and a sister, Verna Karnosky.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas E. Martinchek, three brothers, Michael, Frank, and George, and three sisters Anna, Mary, and Helen.

A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc., with Rev. Michael Gaffney officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Calvary Cemetery in Drums, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073, or to The Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231.

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