Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 18th from 1-4 pm at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, MA. Funeral services are being held in the funeral home on Monday, September 19th at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Ellis Rd., Westminster, MA.
Our beloved father and husband, Martin C. Niemi, began his journey of everlasting life on September 7, 2022. His life started November 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida. His first date with Kathleen was New Year’s Eve 1969 and the rest is history. They were married in 1971 for 51 years and had two sons, David Martin and Daniel Joseph. Westminster was his home until 2006 when condo living became a better option. Martin was incredibly proud of the men his sons became, and all their accomplishments. Kathleen was the love of his life, she never left his side. His family fulfilled his life in so many ways and with so much joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Sylvia Niemi, his in-laws, Mike and Anne Lockhart and brother-in-law Thomas Patten.
As a young boy his family relocated to Westminster, MA. Martin had fond memories of living on the farm with his sisters. The family eventually moved to the center of town where his father opened an insurance office in their home. He attended the local elementary school, Oakmont Regional High School, class of 1969 and Mount Wachusett Community College.
He worked at the family’s property and casualty insurance agency and sales for Life & Financial Services at Traveler’s Insurance, Farmer’s & Traders and Manfred Hatch National Life Ins. Co. Years later he became an Independent Commodities Broker for Clayton Brokerage and Stotler Group, Inc. He worked at the Chicago Board of Trade for a number of years. He saw firsthand the demise of the CBOT trading system with the development of electronic trading. He ended his work career at NOS Heathcare, Inc. in Illinois. Martin was involved for years with the Rotary Club and participated on the Bishop’s Fund and the yearly fall festival at St. Edward’s Parish where he was a member.
Martin was a great father and a loving husband. He did everything he could to make his two sons laugh! He coached T-Ball, basketball, baseball, and soccer. He was the “voice” of the Oakmont Chargers, 1989 season. He was a Scout Leader for Boy Scouts. The scouts’ winter overnights, skiing with the boys and just hanging out together were some of his favorite memories. Family vacations in Wellfleet and Ogunquit were filled with happiness. Going to movies, breakfast at Friendly’s, Friday night TV with popcorn and donuts after church was a long standing routine. As his sons grew older, the family continued to celebrate all special occasions and holiday traditions. Halloween’s Fright Night was a favorite, even more so with the addition of his grandson, Ilias. Taking four teens to a Metallica Concert was a huge hit and a great memory for him. He loved being a Dad and enjoyed his sons’ friends tremendously.
Martin leaves behind his wife Kathleen (Lockhart), his sons David (Lyn) Niemi, Daniel (Brianne) Niemi, grandson Ilias H. Niemi, his three sisters, Michaelene (Kermit) Morris, Jean Marie Niemi, Judith (Richard) Bryant. His in-laws, Carolyn (Lockhart) Patten, David (Robin) Lockhart, Mary Ellen Lockhart, Susan (Joseph) Albert, six nieces, seven nephews, eight grandnieces, six grandnephews, his good friends Paul Morin and Bruce (Debbie) Koziol and his faithful Lily, a snowshoe Siamese cat who kept watch over him each day.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, online (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice, UMass Memorial Alliance-Clinton Hospital, Leominster Campus, 60 Hospital Rd., Leominster, MA 01453.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, doctors, Dr. Castro for reading a comforting prayer to Martin, hospice staff, case managers and all the support staff on the Med/Surgical FL for taking care of Martin so he didn’t suffer. Also, Dr. Eric Cotter his primary for numerous years, Dr. Kara Smith & Linda Paul, NP at UMass Campus/Neurology Dept. in Worcester for the many years of care, phone calls, support and laughter as needed. We are eternally grateful to all of you. Thank you!