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Emmlie Martinic
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“Dear family of Emmlie, I got to be aquainted with your Mom @ the St. Joseph Senior center. I am the nurse that has trimmed her toe nails...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Sherwin - Berrien Springs, MI

“I remember being at the farm for a party when I was very young. Ms. Emmlie had the widest smile while watching my Dad, Jack and Tom picking on each...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Cherie Zielke Schriner - friend

“Some of my fondest memories of Grandma are when I was working on the farm and she would invite me in for lunch. Typically she always had a different...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph Johnson II - Sammamish, WA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this difficult day. We know by the stories you shared about your times with Grandma Martinic that she...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Scott, Hailey, Madelyne & Elyse - GA

“My deepest condolences to Lee Ann and her family. Gary Atkins informed me of your Mother's passing and I wished to share my heartfelt sympathy for...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Claudia (Skinner) Meyer Sarasota

“Please accept condolences from my brother Tony and myself for your, dear mom. She and my mother were friends and my mom talked with her quite often,...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Andrea Belski Wilson - St Joseph, MI

“Dear Martinic Family: My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the loss of your wonderful Mother, Emmlie. She was well-known and well...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Joyce Handy - Phoenix, AZ

“Our most sincere sympathy to the Martinic family for the loss of your mother. Peace. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Don and Shirley (Bennett) Gatchell - MI

“Please accept our most sincere condolences at the passing of your Mother. She was such a sweetheart and always so very, very kind to me. She has...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Todd & Kay Vance - Helena, OH

“I would like to thank you all for sharing Emilie with me. She was such a unique person, I never heard her complain ever about anything ,even though...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Marianne Willming - Friend

“I met Emmlie in2009,just knowing her has made me a more caring person,she could light up your world with a smile. She was a strong person and her...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph M.morroni - friend!

“"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Reta & Simon - Friends

“Dear Emmlie, My infrequent visits to Berrien County were always more enjoyable because you were there. I will miss you! Love, Lesley ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Lesley Vriend - The Netherlands


Emmlie Martinic, 90, of St. Joseph, MI died at her home on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Arrangements have been entrusted with Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home of St. Joseph, MI.

Emmlie was born on January 5, 1921 in Cicero, IL to Jacob and Frances (Burghardt) Kapuga. On October 12, 1940, she married Thomas Martinic, Sr. After their marriage, they moved to South Bend, IN, and later owned and worked a fruit and vegetable farm in Eau Claire. Emmlie loved the farm and lived there for over 70 years. She then moved to St. Joseph where she lived for the last 10 years. She was a member of St. John/Bernard Church, and helped with many functions there. Emmlie was a cheerful volunteer for the Red Cross and for Berrien General Hospital where she brought smiles to everyone. Most of all she loved her family and going out to dances with her friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Emmlie is survived by her children, Lee Ann Zacha of Littleton, CO, Thomas(Ruth)Martinic of Cadillac, MI, Jack(Laura)Martinic of Granger, IN, and William(the late Susan)Martinic of Fremont, OH; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a brother, Jacob Kapuga of Jackson, MI. Emmlie is preceded by her parents-Jacob and Frances, and her husband-Thomas.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 26, 10:00 am at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 Delaware St. Benton Harbor, MI, with Father William Jacobs, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Benton Harbor, MI. Visitation is on Tuesday, January 25, from 4:00-8:00 pm, with a Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice At Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI. Friends wishing to leave a message of condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

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