LAURENS – Martin J. Bloodnick, 86, who retired to Laurens after a 33 year career with the Long Island Railroad, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.
Martin was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Ozone Park, the son of late Francis and Margaret Bloodnick (Rydholm). He married Dorothy A. Barratt on Oct. 8, 1950, in Christ the King Catholic Church in Queens.
At the age of 17, Martin joined the Navy at the end of World War II and was deployed to Guam in the 151st Seabees as an aviation mechanic. After returning home, he married and he began his employment as a metal worker on the Long Island Railroad. Tinsmith by trade, Martin was a craftsman with metal and enjoyed working on projects with his children and grandchildren over the years.
Martin was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion in support of our Veterans. Prior to his move to Laurens, Martin was an active member of the Lindenhurst Fire Department-Chemical & Salvage Division – Company #2 – Sheet 4 serving as a volunteer for 31 years with several years as Captain. After his retirement, he and his wife relocated upstate New York and helped to build the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in DeRuyter. Martin enjoyed fishing, hunting and outdoor activities with his children and grandchildren.
Martin is survived by his 5 children, Martin Bloodnick and wife, Susie of West Babylon, Karen McGinty and husband, Kevin of Sayville, Denise Weber and husband, William of Schenevus, Edward Bloodnick and wife, Mary of Zionsville, Pa., and Brian Bloodnick and wife, Joellen of Fort Edward.
She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Jennifer, Christina, Martin, Melissa, William, Benjamin, John, Andrew, Amy and Stephen; his five great-grandchildren, Gianna, McKayla, Autumn, Jayden and Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy, his parents; his brother, Francis and his sisters, Evelyn, Frances and Patricia.
A funeral mass will be at 10:15 am on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary’s in Oneonta, with Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 pm at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
Calling hours at 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home.
Donations in Martin’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.