Virginia Martin

ATHOL — A Funeral Service was held for Virginia “Stubby” (Hawley) Martin on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Higgins O’Connor Funeral Home.

Virginia’s granddaughter, Nicole Pessagno, shared words of remembrance and Virginia’s son, George Martin, gave the eulogy.

Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery. Pall Bearers were Brian Martin, Christine Williams, George Martin, Nicole Pessagno, Rick Martin, and Pete Pessagno.

Higgins O’Connor, a Mack Family Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, assisted with arrangements.

ATHOL — Virginia “Stubby” (Hawley) Martin passed away Sunday, Nov. 26 2017, after a brief illness.

She was born on Sept. 23, 1930, in Greenfield, to Oliver and Mildred (Amsden) Hawley. A lifelong resident of Athol, she attended Athol schools and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1948.

Stubby worked as a telephone operator for many years as well as a cafeteria worker at Athol Junior High School. For most of her life, however, she was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom.

Her competitive nature drew her to all sports. At a time when it was not commonplace for girls to play sports, she looked for and found opportunities to play. As a teenager and young adult she traveled throughout New England to play softball and basketball with other local young women. As an adult she took that love of sports and became a coach at Athol High School for both the girls basketball and softball teams in the 1960s and 70s. She was also a longtime member of the board of directors of the Athol Little League, and with her husband ran the “Puppy League” program for many years. After giving up coaching she continued to be a main stay of support for all of the Athol High School teams. Later in life she would take her support north to New Hampshire, where she could be found in the bleachers of the athletic events at Colby-Sawyer College.

Her husband Brian D. Martin, whom she met and beat at a swim meet at the Athol YMCA when they were 13 and 11, passed away in 2007. They were married for 52 years. She was also predeceased by her brother Richard Hawley in 2008.

She leaves two sons, Richard and his wife Cathy of Royalston, and George of Newbury, N.H; three grandchildren, Nicole and her husband Pete Pessagno, Christine and her husband Mike Williams (both daughters of Ginny Thornton), and Brian (son of Carole Gardiner); three great-grandchildren, Lily, John, and Owen; and a sister-in-law Irene (Burnham) Hawley. She also leaves two wonderful loving neighbors, Kelly and Steve Lauzonis, as well as many friends from her Friday night poker games.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m., in the Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Athol Boosters Association, c/o Gene Ferrari, 111 Orchard St., Athol, MA 01331.

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Higgins O’Connor Funeral Home — A Mack Family Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is assisting with arrangements.

ATHOL — Virginia “Stubby” (Hawley) Martin passed away Nov. 26, 2017.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time.

Higgins O’Connor Funeral Home, a Mack Family Funeral Home, is assisting with arrangements.

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