Martin F. Onieal, 98 of the West Haven VA Hospital, husband of the late Marion P. Onieal passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was born on November 7, 1916 to the late Martin Francis and Frances Long Onieal in Menlo Park, NJ. He is survived by his daughter, Marion Rose Bouffard of Wolcott and son Marty Onieal of Wilton Manors, FL, sister Rita Saxon O'Connor of Sunrise, FL, grandchildren David S. Rose and wife Tracey of Oxford, Robert C. Rose and wife Michelle of Glastonbury, step-grandchildren Jennifer Charbonneau and Robert Bouffard. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren, Brandon Richard Rose, Justin Anthony Rose, Cailin Elizabeth Rose and Tessa Onieal Rose, Serena Sue Charbonneau, Luke Robert Charbonneau, Ava Diane Charbonneau, Colby Robert Bouffard and many nieces and nephews. Martin was pre-deceased by three brothers, all of whom served in WWII: Eugene, John and George Onieal.Martin served in the US. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 in England, Italy and North Africa. He was employed as a sales representative for NCR until his retirement, and afterwards successfully competed in four Veterans Golden Age Olympics. He also founded the Patients Library at the West Haven VA Hospital Heroes' Harbor, which was dedicated in his name. A service celebrating Martin's life will take place on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Beecher & Bennett-Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven. Friends may visit with Martin's family from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial with full military honors will follow in the CT State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Martin's name to: VA CT. Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516 writing 'RCATS CLC T3West' in the check's memo. This fund directly benefits recreational programs for patients.

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  1. I am a staff member of the Broward County Library System, of which your son was a former staff member. I am a retired veteran, 21 years Air Force, served Gulf War through Iraqi Freedom. I thank you for your service, for without veterans like you, I would not have entertained a career in the Armed Services. You will be eternally missed as the last of our WWII veterans. May you find peace in the afterlife as your memory will live on in this life.

  2. I am so to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Marty was a wonderful man and I enjoyed visiting with him and always thankful for his participation in our annual tree lighting ceremony at the VA. Thank you for your service and dedication to our Veterans.

    He will surely be missed. God Bless.

  3. So very sadden to hear about Marty’s passing. I know he enjoyed our performances for Spanish Heritage Month. We will miss him .

  4. Marty to me was a GOD BLESSED man, I am sorry to hear of his passing, My thoughts prayers and love goes out to his family and friends, being a United States Army Veteran OIF Combat Medic, I am proud to have known Marty, I would say hey battle buddy, he would say .Hello Empress… that’s what you are….loved him for the truth of his heart…and I will never forget that truth…R.I.P…BATTLE BUDDY…HOAH.

  5. To the Family of Martin F. Onieal, Lt. Shea Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President

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