Martin J. Elmlinger

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/24/2016 14:00:00

Willard OH 44890 5/25/2016 11:00:00

Martin J. Elmlinger, 93, of Havana, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at The Willows of Willard.
Martin was born and grew up in Havana, where his family owned and operated a grocery store. He graduated from Willard High School. During World War II, Martin served in the Pacific Theater as a Yeoman Second Class aboard a destroyer, the USS Benham from March 1944 to September 1945. After the war, he returned to Havana where he partnered with his father and then his cousin, Charles to operate Elmlinger’s Supermarket. Following its closing, he worked as assistant manager at Mack’s Foodland in Plymouth and produce manager at Missler’s IGA in Willard. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know his customers and sharing stories about his beloved wife Patricia, his children, and his grandchildren. He was a former member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bismark and a current member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard. He was also a member of the Monroeville Knights of Columbus, Willard American Legion, Norwalk V.F.W. and was a very active volunteer for the Tiffin Development Center Parent and Volunteer Association (PVA). He also served for many years as a Norwich Township Trustee. More than anything, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an involved member of his community and church.
Martin is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, to whom he was married for 66 years; his brother Joseph of Connecticut; his six children: Michael (Kimberly) of Willard, Gerald of Tiffin, Marye (Eric Lamm) of New York City, Victoria of Willard, Thomas (Michael Messina) of Alpharetta Georgia, and Daniel (Patrice) of Elmsford, New York and seven grandchildren, Jamie (Cassandra) Elmlinger, Alexander Elmlinger, Katherine (Nicholas Morales) Lamm, Theodore Lamm, Christopher Elmlinger, Peter Elmlinger and William Elmlinger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cora (Schreiner) Elmlinger; his sisters Catherine Eberly, Frances Janotta and Mary Schodorf; and his brother Robert.
Friends may call on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 2 – 4 P.M. and 6 – 8 P.M. with the rosary being recited at 5:45 pm. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 on May 25, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Willard, with Father Ted Miller officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home during the hour before the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian’s cemetery in Bismark.
The family suggests that, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tiffin Development Center Parent and Volunteer Association (PVA), 600 North River Rd. Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Online condolences may be shared to the family by visiting


Janet Elmlinger Petran - Jun 3, 2016

Aunt Pat, Mike, Tom, Marye, Vicki, Dan and Jerry,
Uncle Mart was my godfather, and just the sweetest uncle! Although I hadn’t seen him in years, I still remember his smile, kind and gentle way with people, and his wonderful way of listening intently. I know he will be missed by all of you dearly. My own father, Robert Elmlinger, loved Mart with all his heart, and always told such funny stories about the two of them growing up together and being in the service together. My love and prayers to you all! May you have many fond memories of him to keep you comforted.

Mariann Teagarden - May 26, 2016

Thoughts and Prayers to all of Martin’s family. Please find comfort in all your Special memories.

Maggie Barnett - May 25, 2016

Vicki and family. What a great guy! He loved to talk about his family and in turn always asked about yours. He was the best Produce Managers. He cared about how fresh and how nice and orderly his aisle of produce looked. He worked circles around his coworkers. Busy busy. I see him talking and enjoying watching over his family and reminiscing with those before him. Rest in Peace Martin. Our Sympathy, JH & Maggie

Beth and Bill Goodsite - May 25, 2016

Vicki and family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know he was a very special man, loved by so many. Peace and love be with you and your family.

Julie Bashore - May 24, 2016

Vicki and family, So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was one in a million. I remember going to the Havana store and always enjoyed him and Charlie. He truly will missed by everyone. My prayers for you and your family now and in the days to come. Julie Craven-Bashore

Larry Compton - May 23, 2016

Aunt Pat, I was so saddened to hear about Martin passing. Uncle Marty was really a sweet man. You and cousins Tom, Vicki, Marye, Mike, Danny and Jerry are in our thoughts. Larry & Mary

Larry Compton - May 23, 2016

Aunt Pat, I was so saddened to hear about Martin passing. Uncle Marty was really a sweet man. You and cousins Tom, Vicki, Marye, Mike, Danny and Jerry are in our thoughts. Larry & Mary

Wendy Ayres Daniel - May 23, 2016

Vicki – I’m so sorry – I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary D. Ayres - May 23, 2016

My sympathy to Marty’s family. He was such a thoughtful and caring individual. Often when getting groceries, where he worked, he would take the time to visit and give a cheery greeting to his many customers; making us feel ‘special’. May all your wonderful memories, of Marty, give you the strength and support to carry you through this most difficult time.

Cathy Messina - May 23, 2016

So sorry to hear about Martin. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. May God hold you close and sooth your sorrow with happy memories of Martin and the fun times that were shared.

Ralph & Celeste Yost - May 22, 2016

We were saddened to learn of Martin’s passing. We have fond memories of our visit to Ohio in June 2006 in which we visited with Martin, Pat and the family.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Dave Sowers - May 22, 2016

Elmlinger Family, so sorry to hear of Martin passing. Martin meant so much to our whole family!!! Brother Marty was named after Martin! Our thoughts and prayers with you all! The Sowers Family.

Pat Myers - May 21, 2016

Vicki & Family, So Sorry for your loss. your Dad was a joy to talk with and stories he had to tell. my Prayers are with you during this time. He is at peace now.

Karen(Gahr)Martin - May 21, 2016

Mike and Kim our prayers are with you! So sorry for your loss!!

Tania Weaver-Gomes - May 21, 2016

Mike, Kim and family, My deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. Martin was such a nice man, always smiling! My the good memories comfort you during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Dar Mortensen - May 21, 2016

Pat & family,
I’m very sorry to learn about the passing of Marty. What a wonderful & caring man he was. Marty always spoke so loving and so proudly of his entire family. I enjoyed very much being his co worker at Missler’s, I have such wonderful & fond memories of him. Marty was that kind of person to walk into a room & make you feel so happy & lucky you knew him. I’m sure he’ll be sadly missed by all. My thoughts & prayers will be with all of you. Once again my deepest sympathy.
Darlene Mortensen

Sherry Long - May 20, 2016

Mike & Kim and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Yvonne (Hegedusic) Schneble - May 20, 2016

Mike, I’m so sorry to read about your dad passing away. It’s been years since I’ve seen you or him, but I will never forgot either one of you. You have my sincere sympathy!