John Martin, 77

John Martin, 77, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at his residence.

John was born on Feb. 20, 1934 to Wilhelm and Stephanie Martin. He was united in marriage to Anna Holzmueller on April 23, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Slinger.

He worked over 25 years for the West Bend Co., Chrysler, U.S. Marine and Force. John was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a handyman and loved working with wood. John built four homes for his family. His most precious desire in his heart was to love and be loved by his grandchildren and he absolutely adored them. He wanted their relationship to be one of their fondest of memories.

He is survived by his loving wife, Anna; his children, Thomas (Mary) Martin of Hartford, Loretta Martin of Illinois and Diann Wagner of Slinger; eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Daniel, Joel, Trenten, Adrianne, Katlin, Ellen and Renee; his sister, Kristel Wagner of Germany, and brother, Otto Martin of Austria. John is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wilhelm Martin, his sister Mary Rice, six other brothers and sisters in Europe, and his son-inlaw Patrick Wagner.

Funeral services for John will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Slinger with Rev. James Castillo officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church only on Friday from 4-7 p.m.

Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family; 673-9500 or