February 7, 1940 - May 25, 2023
The family will hold private services. The interment will be held in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
Patricia “Patty” Ann Guzzi Martino was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, and friend. She peacefully went to be with Jesus on May 25, 2023.
Patty was born to Patsy and Thelma Guzzi on February 7, 1940. As the second oldest of four children, Patty kept busy helping at home and working in the family’s grocery store—Broadway Market. After she graduated from Roosevelt Wilson High School, Patty married her high school sweetheart, Frank Samuel Martino. Together, they had two incredible children. Frank Brian & his partner Alex of Las Vegas, NV and Beth Anne Ferrell and her husband Randy of Clarksburg, WV. The Martino’s greatest blessing was their grandson, Evan Ferrell. In addition to her children and grandson, she is survived by her brother, Patsy John “Johnny” Guzzi Jr and wife Cyndy.
Mrs. Martino was an excellent cook—rarely looking at a recipe, just making it up as she went along. She enjoyed having family and friends over, especially when her children and then her nieces were growing up. Patty entertained all of the time. Food was the catalyst that started the conversations at her kitchen table. Hours were spent around that table laughing, talking, crying, and connecting over conversations with true depth.
Patty loved spending time with her aunts and cousins. She frequently went to lunch with the girls. Family reunions were always a favorite to get together with everyone and enjoy the day.
Patty loved to travel. She was always up for an adventure. She took frequent trips to NYC at Christmas to visit her son and see the Rockettes. What fun memories with her nieces Gina and Johnna, Aunt Connie and friends!! The Martinos loved visiting Williamsburg, VA. Patty and her family went to their favorite spot—Myrtle Beach, SC for almost 20 years.
Mrs. Martino loved going to South Hills mall or just taking a drive with Frank around town. She had an infectious laugh and a warm smile. Patty was an animal lover who treated her cats like her best friends. They were well loved.
Patty was an active mom who loved taking her family to Bel Meadows pool, football and basketball games. She never missed a band performance for her grandson. She could listen to him play the guitar and sing for hours. She was so proud of his musical talent.
Even at a young age, Patty was wise beyond her years. She wanted to create a space where people felt welcome. She had an uncanny ability to make you feel both seen and heard. You wanted to open up and be vulnerable because she was safe. Patty wanted to KNOW you and for the REAL you to be known. Patty saw when you were struggling and others could not see it. She was a counselor without the degree. She valued people. You wanted to spend time with her. She was truly a gift.
Patty did not age. Though she was in her eighth decade, she barely looked like she was in her sixth. She was a night owl. She loved to stay up late and sleep in since early mornings were not her friend. She loved to dress up. She was always put together no matter where she was going. Nails, shoes, jewelry, hair — always on point.
Once Patty and Frank became empty nesters, they loved being an aunt and uncle. Patty spoiled her niece, Johnna Marie, while raising her to be a lady and learning how to selflessly serve others. They spent the next thirty-five years having a “new” baby of the family to raise. What a fun adventure to teach her how to cook, learn how to call in a takeout order, take her to serve tea at the Y, take her to the polls to learn how to vote, shop for homecoming and prom dresses, day trips to Pittsburgh, walk miles around the VA park, go to Myrtle Beach every year, etc. Patty taught life lessons while making them fun! She was very instrumental in shaping Johnna into who she is today. They had an incredible bond that is unmatched. Patty stepped in and spoke life into a little girl that truly changed the trajectory of her life and her future family. Johnna Watson, her husband Darin, and their sons Asher and Brock were some of Patty’s favorite people.
Patty was an active member of both the Clarksburg PWA and Woman’s Club. She was on several committees and boards over the past 50 years. She loved to serve her community and get involved.
Patty loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never failed to tell us daily how she was praying for us, for peace and for her strength. Patty loved to call out to her guardian angel, Ann Marie, when she needed some extra help.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents Patsy and Thelma Guzzi, husband Frank Martino, brother Jimmie Guzzi, sister Elayne Hickman, and several aunts and uncles.
There will be a terrible void without Patty here. She was an extraordinary lady who will be greatly missed.
The family will hold private services. Entombment will be held in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.