Edward J. Martowicz
August 20, 2015
Edward J. Martowicz, 81, left his beloved Millrift home Thursday, August 20, 2015 with his partner in life, Jean and his loving children: Lori, Lynn, Lee, Jim and his grandson, Luke by his side, losing his battle with COPD and emphysema.
Ed was the seventh child of polish immigrants, Jacob and Josephine (Penar) Martowicz; he was born on November 14, 1933 in Perth Amboy, NJ. He knew "poor" Christmas presents were an orange, some prunes, and maybe a hand-me-down. A roof over their heads was always a challenge and we're sure this fueled the burning desire to provide his own family with the best home, which is what he did.
His youth centered in his church, St. Stephen's in Perth Amboy. His best buds were his pastor and Boy Scout Leader. He proudly wore his badges and was one shy of making Eagle Scout. He left his longtime employment as a Pasteurizer for Costa's Ice Cream, Woodbridge, NJ, to follow his root beer dream. With his family's help, he built and opened Stewart's family restaurant in Matamoras in 1973. Most knew him as a tough boss, but he taught us all how to work and do a good job. He always prayed for his family every night and said special prayers for the customers who supported Stewart's over the years. Ed met problems with determination and never feared confrontation. He spoke often of the good friends he made and his service in the Mill Rift Fire Department.
He was married 62 years to Jean Sable and they were blessed with the best in-laws, Gary J. Williams, Al Serra, Jim Heigis, and Lori Kollar Martowicz; 18 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Our family also includes: Ray Earle, Lakeowassa, NJ, Tony Martino, Plymouth, NY and his boyhood buddy, Harvey Havrilla of Alexandria, VA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., September 14th at St. Joseph's Church, 309 Ave. F, Matamoras, PA with Rev. Gregory Kelly officiating. A gathering will immediately follow after at Erie Trackside Manor, 1 Jersey Ave., Port Jervis, NY.
Ed wanted to be remembered by memorial donations to his favorite charity, St. Jude Research Hospital, P.O. BOX 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101.
Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St, Milford, PA 18337.
St. Joseph's Church
309 Avenue F
Matamoras, PA 18336
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