Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT


Nelson Martin

September 13, 1928May 28, 2019

Nelson Martin, formerly of East Hartford, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2019 at the age of 90. Born in Keegan Maine, he was the third of 15 children to the late Levite and Flavie Martin. There he met Christine Ouellette whom he married in 1949. Together they settled in East Hartford where they lived for 63 years. Nelson was a highly skilled Tool and Die Maker for Hanson Whitney, retiring after 40 years of service. He loved music playing his guitar, the spoons and a mean air harmonica. He enjoyed picking fiddleheads in the spring, telling jokes to everyone, dominos and his favorite – cribbage. Nelson was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Christine Ouellette Martin, daughters Betty Jean Spencer and Nancy Lee, and grandson Matthew Spencer. He is survived by his son Steven Martin and wife Beverly of NH, daughter Sharon Szestakow and husband Will of CT, son Dean Martin and wife Sandy of AZ, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Nelson also leaves surviving siblings Joanne Tomczuk of CT, Margarette Blazys of CT, Elmer “Jimmy” Martin of FL, Gerald Martin of FL, Jeannine Quistberg of CT, and Michael Martin of CT. Friends and Family are invited to call at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, CT., on May 31, 2019 8:00-9:30AM. A Funeral Service will follow at 10:00AM at St. Mary’s Church 15 Maplewood Ave. East Hartford. Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, 1280 Silver Ln, East Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. in honor of his daughter Nancy Lee, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT. 06489-1058. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.NewkirkandWhitney.com


  • Levite and Flavie Martin, Parents
  • Christine Ouellette Martin, Wife
  • Steven Martin and wife Beverly, Sharon Szestakow and husband Will, and Dean Martin and wife Sandy, Children
  • Joanne Tomczuk, Margarette Blazys, Elmer “Jimmy” Martin, Gerald Martin, Jeannine Quistberg, and Michael Martin, Siblings
  • Betty Jean Spencer and Nancy Lee, Daughters
  • Matthew Spencer, Grandson


  • Calling Hours Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 31, 2019


Nelson Martin

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Sandra Martin

May 31, 2019

I came into your family
Not knowing what I’d find
I was nervous and afraid
You gently eased my mind.

You made me feel right at home
From the first day that we met
You welcomed me with open arms
And that I won’t forget.

You always loved me
And kind words would you say
I knew I could depend on you
With laughs on any given day

You’re a great father-in-law
You stand out above the rest
I thank God for blessing me
With you-the very best!

Joan Maximino

May 30, 2019

Sharon, Will and Family—With sympathy in the passing of your father Nelson Martin. May he Rest In Peace. Al and Joan Maximino