Michael Martel, 74, of Claverack, passed away on October 4, 2020. He was born on November 6, 1945 in the Bronx, to Lucien and Dorilda Martel.
He served in the Air Force during Vietnam. When he returned home, he went to work or the Match Factory as a printer. It was there he met the love of his life, Katherine Every and on January 17, 1970 they were married. That same year he left to join the New York State Police. He was first stationed in Peekskill, and worked in the Golden Bridge area until he was transferred to New Lebanon, and then to Claverack where he retired in 1990 after 20 years. Being one to always be busy he went to work for KD office equipment, Xerox, and Hallmark after his retirement.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Katherine Martel, his brother, Robert Martel, of South Carolina and his sister, Henrietta Martel, of Elizaville. Also, by his Goddaughter, Fay Ruggles and special friends, Judge Weaver and Barbara, Joyce Witt, Judy Wentzel, Fay and James Potts, Gary Wolfe, Leo from the Plaza Diner, and the Keeler Family.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 to 12:00 at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A funeral service will begin at 12:00 also from the funeral home. Interment will follow in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.
Katherine wishes to thank the State Police who showed up and made this difficult time easier, also Coroner Bernadette Powis for her compassion and staying with Katherine until friends showed up. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Michael’s memory to the Columbia Greene Humane Society. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.batesanderson.com