Frances 'Jean' Martinelli

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:07 am

Frances "Jean" Martinelli, 79, of Bel Air, Md., died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She was born Oct. 2, 1933 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bennett Beckford and Mary Teresa Lloyd.

Jean was married to the late Dr. Patrick Andrew Martinelli for 56 years and together they had four children: Stephen Martinelli and his wife Therese of Orangevale, Calif., Leo Martinelli and his wife Terri of Havre de Grace, Md., Mary Ailion and her husband Jack of Alpharetta, Ga., Anne Dillon and her husband Doug of Bel Air, Md.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Eyre and her husband Matt, Christopher Martinelli, Michael Dillon and his fiance Sarah Ward, Katie Ailion, John Dillon and Ricky Ailion; her brother, Patrick; and two sisters, Rita Davis and Kathleen Lloyd. She was recently blessed with the news of a first great-grandchild to arrive later this year.

As the wife of an Air Force lieutenant colonel, she spent 22 years moving to 14 different military bases throughout the United States and Europe, eventually settling in the Baltimore area. After serving as the Director of Volunteer Services at the Union Memorial Hospital, she enjoyed her retirement as a resident of Lake Heritage in Gettysburg, where she enjoyed being an active and enthusiastic participant in community events and clubs. Jean was involved in the Adams County Newcomers Club, the Lake Heritage Women's Club, Gettysburg Women's Club, Lake Heritage Bridge Club and the Red Hat Ladies of the Lake. Jean was also a proud, active parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. After her husband's death, she was instrumental in coordinating the donation of an extensive library of printed materials to Gettysburg College and moved to Bel Air, Md., to be closer to family.

Jean was an unselfish life-long learner with a keen sense of humor and a warm embrace of life. She was a devoted and nurturing sister, wife, mother and grandmother, who always placed family first. She was an instant friend to all. We will miss her unconditional love, infinite wisdom and gentle guidance.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 25 W. High St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, with Father Bernardo Pistone celebrant. Interment will be in the church cemetery. There will be a viewing at the church Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the mass. A reception will follow at the Lake Heritage Community Center, located at 1000 Lake Heritage Drive, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider a donation to the Saint Francis Xavier Building Fund at 455 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

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