THOMASTON - Judge Rosemary Ellen Lyons Martin, 97, of Thomaston, died suddenly but peacefully at home on Nov. 27, 2021.
Born May 28, 1924 to William Henry Lyons and Mary Carson Lyons, Rosemary lived all her life in Thomaston. She had four brothers: John, William, Paul and Daniel.
She was predeceased by her husband, Judge Luke Francis Martin, daughter Mary Isabelle, son Patrick Martin, daughter-in-law Dianne Martin and son-in-law Peter Isabelle. Surviving her are children: Timothy Martin and Paula Brown of Philadelphia, PA, Luke and Linda Martin of Cheshire, Kathleen and Michael Riley of Thomaston, Christopher Martin and Sonya Kobes of Thomaston, Sean and Alison Martin of Weston, Maura Martin of West Hartford, and Erin Martin and Frank Schaefer of New York City. Rosemary had 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In 1941, Rosemary graduated from Thomaston High School, where she was captain of the basketball team. She graduated from Regis College in Weston, Mass. with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1945 and married Luke in 1949.
She taught home economics at New Milford High School and Thomaston High School. She left teaching in 1950 to raise her family and returned to work after her husband died in 1980. She was elected Thomaston Judge of Probate in 1983 and served until the mandatory retirement age of 70. She continued serving as Assistant Town Clerk until 2017, retiring at age 93.
Deeply faithful, Rosemary was a member of St. Thomas Church who attended mass daily once her children were grown. She was a gracious and understated woman who saw value in all human beings. A child of the Great Depression, Rosemary embraced “reuse and recycle” decades before it became a standard household practice. She encouraged her children to explore the world and visited them across the U.S. and in Asia, Africa and Europe. She was also a homebody who loved her yard and the birds and other wildlife it attracted. She read avidly, made legendary pies, did the crossword puzzles daily, and tried to catch every UConn basketball game, both the women and the men.
Her friends and family will greatly miss her sharp Irish wit, resilient spirit, and unwavering love and support.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 1, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Church 1 East Main St. Thomaston. Burial will follow in the St. Thomas Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library 248 Main St. Thomaston, CT 06787 or St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 19 Electric Ave. Thomaston, CT 06787
St. Thomas Church (St. Maximlian Kolbe Parish)
19 Electric Ave., Thomaston CT 06787
Thomaston Public Library
248 Main Street, Thomaston CT 06787