Wednesday, November 7th, 2012...5:46 am
Martin J. Baltimore, ’45
Martin Joseph Baltimore, a former resident of Kingston and Dallas and
currently a resident of Edwardsville, died in Commonwealth Hospice, of
Wilkes-Barre, on Nov. 2, 2012. He was 90 years old. Marty was born on Sept.
2, 1922, in Pittston, grew up in Wilkes-Barre and was a son of Albert C.
Baltimore and Bettie Lyons Baltimore. He was a graduate of Meyers High
School, class of 1940, attended the Citadel and graduated from Colgate
University in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and
proudly served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was recalled to
the Corps during the Korean Conflict in 1951. After serving in the Corps,
Marty returned to Wyoming Valley. He married Ruth Betty Bloch, daughter of
Lt. Col. Samuel Bloch Jr. and Theresa Bergsmann Bloch. Marty entered the
family business, Bloch Brothers, founded by Clemence Bloch in 1920,
eventually becoming its owner. He was a highly successful and respected
insurance agent and a member of The Independent Agents Association and PACE.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 655 and the Lodge Council Consistory Valley
of Scranton for over 50 years. Marty was a member of Fox Hill Country Club
and Valley Tennis and Swim Club. He was also a member of Temple B’nai Brith
of Wilkes-Barre. Marty was a Life Master in the card game, Bridge. When his
eyesight failed, he retrained himself to use the computer and was able to
play bridge with others from around the world. Marty wrote a book called
BALTO Variations, a scientific bidding system for bridge. In addition to his
wife, Marty is survived by his sister, Joy Greenwald; daughter, Francie
Baltimore Handman (Carl); son Sandy Baltimore (Lesley); grandchildren, David
Handman, Allison Handman, Eric Baltimore (Halli), Alex Baltimore and Abbey
Baltimore. Preceding him in death were his parents, and brother, Herman D.
Baltimore. The family wishes to thank the staff of Commonwealth Hospice of
Wilkes-Barre for the excellent and compassionate care which was given to
Marty during his illness. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.
at Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will
be in Temple B’nai B’rith Cemetery, Hanover Township. Shiva will be held at
the home of Francie and Carl Handman, 98 E. Walnut St., Kingston, from 7 to
9 p.m. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Memorial
contributions may be made to the charity of your choice . Condolences may be
sent by visiting the funeral home website at www.rosenbergfuneralchapel.com.