Sylvia M. (Martikainen) Martin, 93

Sylvia M. “Marty” (Martikainen) Martin

PINELLAS PARK, FLA. —Sylvia Mary (Martikainen) Martin, 93, a retired Portland nurse, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at Suncoast Hospice Care Center, Pinellas Park, Fla.

Born on June 7, 1924, in Harrison, Sylvia was the fourth of five children born to Finnish immigrants, Sylvester and Emma (Heikkinen) Martikainen and the last living member of this Maple Ridge Road dairy and farming family.

As a student at Bridgton Academy, she became the center of the basketball team, the goalie and captain of the field hockey team, was active in public speaking and glee clubs, keeping and proud of the awards earned there. Upon graduation in 1943, she was accepted into FDR’s Cadet Nurse Corps, attending Maine General Nursing School through graduation in 1946.

At the Old Orchard Beach Pier Dance Hall that summer, she met her husband of 62 years. Sylvia and James S. Martin of Portland were married on Feb. 16, 1947. After a few Portland apartments, they became the first owners of a cape on Summit Park Avenue in North Deering, raising their two girls there. Sylvia continued her dedication to nursing at Maine General (later named Maine Medical Center) in a variety of positions and increased responsibility. After being head nurse, she advanced the implementation of Maine’s electronic medical records and received a plaque for her 23 years of dedicated service at Maine Medical Center.

Beyond nursing and always active, Sylvia would enjoy her garden, dogs, cross-country skiing, wallpapering, piano and sunbathing. In 1989, she and Jim migrated south, ending their 38 years in the Summit Park Cape to live in St. Petersburg, Fla. They spent time on the beach and traveled to the Caribbean, keeping in touch with family and Maine friends with cards and photos.

Sylvia is survived by family: their two daughters and spouses, Michelle Tjosvold and Victoria Martin-Smith; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sylvia joins her husband, James, who also passed on Dec. 31, in 2009, with her ashes in Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Family will gather to hold an informal summer memorial in Maine.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Guide Dogs of America or to your favorite charity.

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