Roland O. Martel

December 23, 1930March 16, 2014
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LEWISTON: Roland O. Martel, 83, longtime resident of Lewiston and most recently of Auburn, passed away peacefully with family by his side Sunday morning at D’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. He was born on December 23, 1930 in Lewiston, a son of the late Antoine and Dorothy (Coulombe) Martel. He grew up in the Lewiston area and attended local schools there. He was a graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School, class of 1949. After high school, Roland served our country in the United States Army and served during the Korean conflict. On October 22, 1960, he married his wife Lorraine Robert and they started a family together. For many years, Roland worked as a shoe worker for Shapiro Bros. He later worked for other local businesses as a bookkeeper and supervisor until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, and the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus where he served as treasurer for many years. He was also was very active in Holy Cross Church. Roland loved to cook and will always be remembered for his dedication to the Holy Cross bean suppers, of which he was the head cook for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, reading mystery novels, and making puzzles. He was also an avid gardener who loved to grow and tend to vegetables. He is survived by his three children; Joline Jacques and her husband David of Cumberland, Conrad Martel of Lewiston and Elaine Ouellette and her husband Albert of Auburn. He also leaves behind two sisters, Pearl Forgues of Lewiston and Doris Rainville of New Hampshire, three sisters-in-law, Marilyn Robert of Lewiston, Muriel Majumder of Auburn, and Laurianne Lambert and her husband, Roland of Lewiston, as well as his grandchildren; Nicholas and Melissa Jacques, Angela Martel, Timothy Labonte, and Curtis and Mallory Ouellette, a great-granddaughter, Ryelee Labonte and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Lorraine, his first wife Jeannine Larochelle, their infant son Ronald, a daughter-in-law, Donna Martel, one brother, Fernand and two sisters Regina Shepard and Viola Hansler. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Roland through his guestbook at: Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday March 19 from 5-8pm at the funeral home in Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday March 20 at 11am at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston with military honors. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a charitable contribution in Roland’s memory to: American Heart Association 51 US Rt. 1 Suite M Scarbrough, ME 04074. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-5845.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Roland O. Martel

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Robert Wurtenberger

May 21, 2014

My dad was with your dad in Japan/ARMY 1st Cavalry. We were reminiscing and dad mentioned Roland, so I did a Google search for him. We're very sorry to learn of his passing. Mom & Dad, Marge and Bob Wurtenberger, visited him while on their honeymoon. Dad say's your dad miraculously arranged a 3 day retreat for the guys at a Trapest Monistary while stationed in Japan. Sincere condolences from the Robert Wurtenberger family.

Carol Larochelle Lotz

March 20, 2014

Roland was a special person he was married to my father's sister Jeannine so very many years ago.I met your Mother when they were visiting my Aunt and Uncle he always kept in touch with our family. I spoke to him a few months ago and he told me he was ready to be with his family.He will always be in our hearts and may you all find comfort that he is now "Safely Home".

Sarah Rines

March 19, 2014

Dear Joline and Family- I am sorry for your loss. It is clear from all the wonderful photos displayed on here that his family meant a lot to him. He had a wonderfully warm smile and I am sure he will be missed by the many lives he touched.

Carolyn krahn

March 19, 2014

I was saddened to hear of the death of your Dad. It is hard for a Daughter to lose her Father. My Dad died 7 years ago- I miss him everyday.
Carolyn Krahn

March 19, 2014

I want to tell you how much I loved Roland. I worked with him at Shaw's. My husband was very sick for many years and he was always there for me. When my husband died I asked Roland to speak at the service. He was shocked. I told him that Mike had planned much of the service and had told me he did not want a church service.He wanted some one that he knew lived by the golden rule every day. He wanted Roland. I have many memories of him and they all make me smile. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that knowing how much he was loved by so many will help you in this difficult time.
Love to you all Ellenann Mc Neal

Raeann Krallis

March 19, 2014

Mr. Martel was such a nice man. Condolences to all the family and prayers for strength and comfort.

Donna Riley

March 19, 2014

Sending Elaine, Joline, and Conrad lots of love and light to see you through this difficult time. He was a wonderful man whose spirit lives on in you.

Roland & Laurianne Lambert

March 19, 2014

Beautiful obituary and photo gallery. RIP Roland

Nancy Gahagan

March 19, 2014

My condolences to your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember that smile!

Joyce Gagnon

March 19, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad and your Grandfather. I had the pleasure of knowing Roland from St Mary's Food Pantry, he volunteered for me. Roland had a beautiful heart and cared about his community. Their are not many man like Roland, he loved all of his children and grandchildren. His eyes lit up when he talked about his children and grandchildren. The way he took care of your Mom with so much love for her. He talked about her and was so in love with her. He is now at peace and is with her, May God be will all of you at this very difficult time.