Liberato Martelli, age 81, passed away on Saturday May 11, 2019 at Wesley Healthcare.
He was born on October 17, 1937 in Huntington, NY to Liberato and Jennie (Andlos) Martelli.
Liberato graduated from Huntington High School and served in the Navy from 1955-1957. He was a third-generation owner and operator of Martelli’s Greenhouse & Florist until 1998 when he and his wife Lorraine relocated to Clifton Park, New York to be near their children and granddaughters. Lib worked for many years at Shenendehowa middle schools, retiring in July 2016. He had a work ethic like no other.
Lib was a humble man who took great pride in his close-knit family and dear friends. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and time with those that mattered the most to him. Shared meals, adventures, and countless stories brought him true happiness.
Lib was a lifelong member of the Elks Club in Huntington, NY. Additionally, he was a past President of the New York State Flower Growers Association. He was a skilled and accomplished gardener, never happier than when he was playing in the soil or riding a tractor.
Liberato is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lorraine (Guiliano), his children, Joseph Martelli; Linda (Todd Bishop) Martelli-Bishop and Edward Martelli; siblings: Anne (Jim) Thompson, Charles (Judith) Martelli, Philip ( Debbie) Martelli; and Darlene (Tom) Perschilli; brothers-in-law, Louis (Mary) Guiliano, Edward (Mireille) Guiliano; grandchildren, Danielle and Jillian Bishop; many dear nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Liberato Martelli Sr. and Jennie (Andlos) Martelli.
Family and friends may call from 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm at the funeral home; a funeral service will be held at 7 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY with Father Marty Fisher officiating.
Those wishing to remember Lib in a special way may send a contribution to the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict 350 Cuba Hill Road Huntington, NY 11743.
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