OBITUARY

Marie Patricia Martin

March 17, 1942January 31, 2021
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Marie Patricia Martin (78), executive secretary, gardener, cook and the best wife ever went to our Lord on Sunday January 31, 2021.

Marie was born in Pittston, Pa. to Anthony C. and Mary Helen Wisnouskas (maiden Krakosky) on March 17, 1942. She is survived by her husband Alden Jeffrey (Jeff) Martin (72) of the Woodlands. She was preceded in death by both parents and two siblings, her brother Joseph Wisnouskas of Buffalo, N.Y. and her sister Gerri Stone of Warwarsing, N.Y. Marie will be interred alongside her parents at Forest Park Westheimer on February 25th at 3pm, wake in the Forest Park chapel at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Marie’s name to Spanish Meadows Community, 1480 Katy Flewellen Road, Katy, Texas 77494.

Marie, formerly of Fulshear, Texas (1989-2020) was raised through her high school education in Milford, Connecticut (class of 1960). Always a hard worker, Marie was a part of the workforce from the late 1950s. She helped put her two younger siblings through college. After a divorce from her first husband, Robert Leahy, Marie Leahy went to work for Conoco Inc. in 1974 at their High Ridge Park corporate HQ in Stamford, Ct. Marie worked as an administrative assistant for International Exploration. She bravely transferred to Houston two years later. A living Mary Tyler Moore, Marie drove to Houston by herself. Stopping overnight in Lake Charles, she encountered her first flying palmetto bug and almost went out to sleep in her car.

During 1979 in Houston, Marie met and married her second and final husband, Jeff Martin, a Conoco geologist who kept a sailboat at Canyon Lake. Marie soon moved up to the executive floor at Greenway Plaza in support of Government Affairs. Her next promotion was to support CEO Constantine (Dino) Nicandros’ staff as administrative assistant to his executive assistants for 12 years, during which time they moved from Greenway to the Dairy Ashford complex in the West Houston Oil Corridor. After Mr. Nicandro’s retired, Marie moved to Corporate Safety, and in the new century moved once more to ConocoPhillips Pipeline, where she retired in 2010 after a remarkable 36 year ConocoPhillips career. Marie enjoyed her home with husband Jeff from their Weston Lakes residence in Fulshear for 31 years from 1989-2020. Marie loved to garden and won numerous Garden of the Month awards. She was also a gourmet cook and enjoyed cooking for her friends. Marie and Jeff liked to travel and made several fly-drive trips to visit friends all across the lower 48 and Hawaii. By their 70s, Marie and Jeff grew weary of caring for such a large property and found a more efficient home in The Woodlands’ Sterling Ridge. They began remodeling in the summer of 2020, only to have Marie struck down by a brain aneurysm and heart attack on Labor Day. Alas, she never was able to make it home, despite her bravely fighting a five month battle. Marie was tough and made us all proud, but sadly in the end, the pneumonia won.

A hysterectomy in 1981 prevented having children of her own. So, Marie had an impact on other people’s children, often as a Godparent, such as Houston ISD school teacher and administrator Heather Kabay and her brother US Navy Chief Anthony Grosso of Jacksonville, Florida; Taylor Schuh Hastings of Indianapolis Indiana, and her brother Nathan Schuh of Spring.

In the 1990s, Marie and Jeff sacrificed to move her parents from Connecticut and kept them at home in Fulshear their last ten years, Tony (1998) surviving Mary (1993) his last five years.

Marie has had a positive impact on the children and grandchildren of Jeff’s late sister Judy Worthy of Willis who passed in November of 2020 and is survived by son David Worthy with granddaughter Emily, and by daughter Jolyn Hammond of Adamsville, Tennessee with children Ryan and Maessi Fontenot of Willis. Marie also tried to have an impact on her late brother Joe’s children, Justin and Taylor Wisnouskas of Buffalo, N.Y.

Here lies one of the world’s hardest workers. An extraordinary wife, executive secretary, gardener, cook and friend to so many, Marie Martin will be sorely missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Minnette Smith

February 24, 2021

Marie and I worked together at Conoco for Dino Nicandros for a number of years before I "retired" in 1985. I remember Marie as a warm and interesting co-worker and friend and visited Marie and Jeff when they lived in Houston before Conoco moved from the Greenway Plaza office. I have many good memories from that time.

Janet Heavner

February 23, 2021

Jeff, Sincere condolences to you and your family. Marie was a special lady that I got to know back in the early 90's at Conoco. Though I haven't seen her in many years, I was thinking about her a few weeks ago and was very sad to read that she had passed. She was an inspiration to all of us and will be missed.

Janet

Sherry Greer

February 22, 2021

Jeff, I was so sorry to hear that Marie has passed away. I remember when she moved to Houston and how happy you were when you two married back in the good old days. We had so many fun times and good friends at Conoco back then. So glad you have such wonderful memories to comfort you. Marie was special.

Laura Greenwood

February 22, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Marie’s passing. Time is truly going by too fast. I began my career at CONOCO in 1981. I knew Marie as I had many opportunities to work with executives and she was one of the nicest! Blessings to the family during this difficult time.

Jeanne Robinson

February 22, 2021

Jeff,
I am so sorry to hear about Marie. And the struggle she faced these past months. I, too, live in The Woodlands area, and had no idea you two were in this vicinity now. I don’t know if I knew you first, or Marie, but did know you from Exploration and Marie from her work with the top executives at Conoco. I would see her in Dino’s offices. She was an exceptionally friendly woman and I really enjoyed knowing her. What a loss. My sincere condolences. I am happy to have counted Marie as a “friend” during my 21 years at the Conoco complex. The photos included here brought back memories of her pretty face and smile.

Jeanne Robinson

Jim Miller

February 22, 2021

Jeff,
My sincere regrets for your loss and Marie's death. Even though I never really knew her, I did know you from our working relationship at Conoco, and from that I know she had to be a wonderful lady. I think of you and the times we had with our trips to Russia and even though we never really worked together much I think of you as a friend, and am sorry for your loss.
Best regards,
Jim Miller

KATHLEEN SHERWOOD

February 22, 2021

Dear Jeff,
I am truly saddened by Marie's passing. It was so good to see you and Marie at dinner at the Smithy when you traveled to Connecticut a year or so ago. It was good to catch up. Marie was a good and caring person and I especially enjoyed our lunches together at the Hyatt for a burger. I was hoping to get to Houston for a visit before the COVID-19 virus hit but that didn't happen. She will be missed and I will keep fond memories of her always. I wish her God's speed. Keep in touch Jeff (203 520-6591).
Kathy Sherwood


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