OSWEGO, NY – Martha S. Devine, a resident of Baldwinsville, returned to heaven on Monday December 9, 2013, blanketed in the love that she had earned throughout her life and cared for by her son, Richard, who is a certified nurse.
Martha was born in Oswego on July 27, 1923, as the fourth of six sisters to proud parents John (Mayor of Oswego in the early 1940s) and Mary Mullen Scanlon.
In her early years, Martha enjoyed growing up in the small city of Oswego, swimming and ice skating on lakes and ponds, sledding down city hills in winter, doing chores around the Scanlon house with her sisters, working in the bakery that her parents owned in Oswego and going to the local movie theater for a night out with sisters, friends and cousins.
Martha loved children and after graduating from Oswego State Teachers College in 1944, she began her career in elementary education at Kingsford Park School in Oswego.
As did all of the Scanlon sisters, Martha had many suitors. But, in 1947, Martha met and married James R. Devine who she recognized as the love of her life and the ideal father for her future children.
Martha felt that her greatest calling in life was to be a good mother and she and James had three children that survive her, Judith Devine Bloch of Buffton, SC, Richard Devine of Baldwinsville and David Devine of Point Pleasant, NJ.
Martha loved raising her children, but whenever it was possible she would return to teach elementary education where teachers could instill the necessary motivation to get students started on the right foot.
After raising their children and returning from their teaching positions on Long Island, James and Martha returned to Milford, Pa., in 1981 where James dabbled in local politics and Martha was an active participant in garden club, historical society and various church committees. She devoted about five years to raising a great-grandchild in the early 1990s.
In March of 1998, Martha moved to Baldwinsville to be closer to the sisters that she loved so much.
Throughout her years living in Baldwinsville, Martha enjoyed regular gatherings with her family, quilting, folk art painting and making beautiful special clothing for her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
Martha was also active in the local bridge community.
She has been described by local bridge players as “a wonderful player” who played for fun and fellowship.
A bridge group that Martha founded in Radisson is still active today.
Martha was also active in her beloved church, St. Stephen’s in Phoenix.
Martha Devine lived each of her minutes on earth to the fullest.
She was a world shaker who will be sorely missed.
In addition to her three children, Martha is survived by four sisters, Marge Kuno of Baldwinsville, Betty Scanlon of Oswego, Geraldine Jones of Oswego and Patricia O’Toole of Liverpool; three grandchildren, Kristen Reisig, Laura Kandetzki and Keith Kandetzki, one great-great-grandchild, Alisha Volkommer; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one sister, Eleanor Notarpole.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto.
Calling hours will be from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.