ALBANY – Lawrence J. Martel, 68, of Albany, passed away at the Julie Blair Nursing and Rehab Center on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Larry was born in Albany, the son of the late Lorenzo and Loretta Martel, and was a lifetime Albany resident. He spent 40-plus years in the printing industry and retired in 2005. He was an honorary member of the Albany Knights of Columbus #173, the Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520 and a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church. He was an avid bowler and most enjoyed playing golf with his very special golf friends. Larry will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and a proud veteran.
Larry is survived by his wife Patricia Beane Martel; his children Michael Martel (Michelle) and Michele Martel (Doug Muraski); his very special grandsons Cody and Jarod Martel; his sisters Gloria Walton, Shirley Soto, Audrey Hanlon (John), and Yvonne Catalano (Tony); his brothers Paul Martel (Vickie), Harvey Martel (Rose), and Roger Martel (Katherine); his mother-in-law Irene Beane; sister-in-law Phyllis (Fred) Rainville; and many nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by two brothers Leo G. (Lorraine) and Raymond Martel.
The family extends their many thanks to the very special caregivers at Julie Blair Nursing and Rehab Center for their support and excellent care; to Albany County Hospice caregivers; to Dr. Earl Zimmerman and Beth Smith-Boivin at the Alzheimer’s Center of Albany Med and the special staff of Bright Horizons at the St. Joseph Provincial House.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 9:15, and from there to All Saints Church (formerly St. Margaret Mary’s Church), Homestead St., Albany at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home today from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in the Gerald H. B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Those wishing to remember Larry in a special way may send a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Center, c/o Albany Med Foundation, PO Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208 or to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, view or print a prayer card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.