Lenora Donna “Lee” Martino, (nee Cappellanti), age 84, of Dune Acres, Ind.,
passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert S. Martino, M.D.;
children, Robert S. (Marsha) Martino, Jr. of Chesterton, Ind., and Leslie L.
(David) Reckziegel of Westmount, QC (Canada); grandchildren, Alexis Martino
of Chicago, Ill., and Liam and Aidan Reckziegel of Westmount, QC (Canada);
sisters-in-law Antoinette Cappellanti of South Charleston, W.Va. and Brenda
Amos of Wichita Falls, Texas; nephew Jason Amos of Los Angeles, CA, nieces
Jessica Amos of Los Angeles, Calif., Ellen (Mark) Carbone of Charleston,
W.Va., Laura (James) Barber of Charleston W.Va., Amy (Douglas) Wolfe of
Coopertino, Calif., Pamela Martino of Clarksburg, W.Va., Nancy (Richard)
Lloyd of Winchester, Va., and Lois (Jeffrey) Childers of Bridgeport, W.Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Umberto and Elena Cappellanti,
brother, Augustus Cappellanti, brother-in-law, Louis Martino, and
sister-in-law Eleanor Martino.
Lenora was born on January 7, 1929 in Morgantown, W.Va. She married the love
of her life, Robert S. Martino, on May 22, 1954, in Morgantown.
Both Lenora and Robert graduated from West Virginia University in
Morgantown. For a period of time, Lenora taught at the West Virginia
University School of Medicine and worked as a medical technologist at the
university. She received advanced training for medical technology at Wayne
State University in Michigan and additionally worked for several years as a
medical technologist at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan and at the Armour
Stockyards in Chicago. Following that, she spent most of her time as a
homemaker and mother. She was involved in the Trade Winds Rehabilitation
Center, in Gary, as a volunteer for many years. Also for many years and up
until her death, she was a member of the St. Mary Medical Center Hospital
Lenora was an avid tennis player and professional tennis fan for many years
and was a member of both Mansard (later Match Point) Racquet Club and
Southlake Tennis Club. She was a “tennis mom” and overall, a beautiful,
elegant, wonderful and devoted mother and grandmother. She was also a
fantastic cook. Her red sauce and meatballs were the best! She and her
husband were able to travel extensively and they saw the world together.
Previously, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in
Merrillville and St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, also in
Merrillville. She was, for many years and most recently, a member of St.
Patrick Catholic Church, in Chesterton.
Visitation will be on Wednesday at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home in
Chesterton, and funeral will be on Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church
in Chesterton. The exact times for visitation on Wednesday and the funeral
on Thursday will be mentioned in the Tuesday edition of the Chesterton
The family wished to thank all the healthcare providers: Dr. Harig, Dr.
Obaid, and Dr. Mavrelis, Home Health Care of St. Mary Medical Center and to
care provider Carolyn Gray.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Pfight Like a Phipps Girl
breast cancer fund at the following address: Pfight Like a Phipps Girl, 1357
Cypress Creek Court, Valparaiso, IN, 46385.