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Carmen L. Martino, 66, of 34 West Cardott St., Ridgway, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 24, 1945, in Ridgway, the son of Ruben and Virginia Vecchiarella Martino. On Sept. 14, 2007, he married Jennifer Wolff, she survives. Mr. Martino had resided all of his life in Ridgway. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church and he was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Ridgway Rifle Club. He was a retired firefighter with the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department and was currently employed at BiLo in Ridgway. Throughout his career, he had been employed at numerous companies, where he was able to demonstrate his many skills as a welder, logger, concrete finisher and plant maintenance. In 2002, he retired from Carbide Graphite Group, after 22 years of service.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Greta Challingsworth (Fred) of Ridgway, Marcella Martino (fiance, Ed Lavella) of Kersey; step-children Misty Read of Brockport, Crystal Peters and Emery Peters, both of Reynoldsville; five grandchildren, Mallory Smith, Sebastian Smith, Damian Challingsworth, Bailey Schatz, Alexia Challingsworth; a sister, Mrs. Burton (Joann) Shaver of Ridgway; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Kathleen Rollick Martino; a sister Concie Trievel and her husband, Harry Trievel; and by his stepmother, Margaret Capuano Martino.
A Memorial Mass for Carmen Martino will be celebrated at St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, 11 Depot St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853 or to the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 391, Ridgway, Pa. 15853.