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Father and Daughter Together Again
YOUNGSTOWN - Martin G. Kalmer, 88, of the citys west side, passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2013, with his family by his side following a year-long illness.
Marty was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Caroline Dora Kalmer, and was a lifelong area resident.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and afterwards, began his career as an automobile mechanic, specializing in air conditioning and radiator repair, working at Johnnys Radiator on Elm Street. He then worked at John and Martys Radiator on North Meridian Road, with his brother, Johnny, and then worked at Valley Pontiac. He finished his career owning and operating Martys Radiator on Mahoning Avenue in the late 1970s and 1980s, until he retired.
Mr. Kalmer was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown.
He was an accomplished pilot, and he loved to fly his airplane whenever he could. He also immensely enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
If you knew him, you loved him.
Marty leaves behind to hold on to many happy memories, his wife of 66 years, Lucy Pasku Kalmer, whom he married Oct. 19, 1946; a daughter, Carol Cookie Joseph of Youngstown; a son, Martin G. Jr. (Bobbi) Kalmer of Austintown; four grandchildren, Michelle Ragan Houlihan of Washington, D.C., Sheree (Travis) Green of California, Martin D. Kalmer of Cortland, and Victoria Kalmer of Austintown; three great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Blake, and Brodan, each of California; and two sisters, Margaret Pecchio of Youngstown and Julie Skarosi of Greenville, Pa.
A daughter, Pamela Jean Kalmer; three sisters, Annie Balog, Mary Evonavitz, and Caroline Henerfo; and three brothers, Johnny, Frank, and Joe Kalmer, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown, where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with the Rev. John Keehner officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Martys family thanks the great many people who loved and cared for him. His family also asks that those who interacted with Marty, remember a special moment shared with him, and smile with love in your heart.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Mr. Kalmers family.