Alberta Martin, who taught business classes at Menlo-Atherton High School from 1951 to 1980, died Feb. 16 after a brief illness. She was 96.
Born in Marshall, Missouri, Ms. Martin moved to San Jose with her family in 1925. She graduated from San Jose High School and State Jose State College. In 1939 she married Richard H. Martin.
During World War II, Ms. Martin accompanied her husband to his U.S. Navy postings throughout the country. In 1949, she joined the faculty at Sequoia High School and later taught at the brand-new Menlo-Atherton High School. She taught both night school and summer school year after year, in addition to her regular teaching duties.
Ms. Martin was a member of the Menlo Park Garden Club for many years. A member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church since 1956, she was also a member of Theta Alpha Delta Sorority for businesswomen.
She is survived by her sons Joseph of Manassas, Virginia, and Richard of San Jose; sisters Irvina Fammatre and Janice Petrinovich, both of San Jose, brothers Leland Jones of San Jose and Gayle Jones of Fremont; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard H. Martin, died in 1960.
Ms. Martin will be interred with her husband at San Joaquin National Cemetery. The family welcomes donations to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
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