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Obituary for Martin Oppenheimer

July 29, 1927 - November 16, 2020
Tilton, New Hampshire | Age 93


Martin "Marty" Oppenheimer, 93, died November 16, 2020 at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton from complications related to COVID-19.

Born on July 29, 1927 in Limburg, Germany, he is the son of the late Felix and Else (Sternberg) Oppenheimer. Martin came to the United States with his family in 1938 and became a naturalized citizen while serving in the United States Army as a military police officer during World War II. Martin married the love of his life, Ellen (Simon) on May 2, 1954 in New York City.

Following his military service, Martin worked as a Lithographer in the commercial printing industry for over 40 years. A man of countless talents, he was a painter, musician, model ship builder, bowler, avid stamp collector, and ham radio operator. For over 20 years he served as a volunteer fireman in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Throughout their life together, Martin cherished dancing and taking long walks with his beloved wife, Ellen.

Martin's credo and favorite poem echoes his life and beliefs:

INVICTUS (Unconquerable)
By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Martin is survived by his soul mate, Ellen, with whom he shared more than 66 years; three children, Nancy LeVinus and her husband Rich of Franklin, NH, Susan Meller and her husband Mark of Norwalk, CT and Philip Oppenheimer and his wife Helen of Glendale, Arizona; and several nephews, a niece, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: No formal services will be held at this time. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution in Martin's name to the New Hampshire Veterans Home Resident Benefit Fund, New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH, 03276 or to The Friends Program, 202 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution in Martin's name to:
  • New Hampshire Veterans Home Resident Fund
    139 Winter Street
    Tilton, NH 03276
  • In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution in Martin's name to:
  • The Friends Program
    202 North State Street
    Concord, NH 03301

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Boscawen , NH 03303
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