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MARTIN H. SCHURDELL
July 27, 1938 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
MARTIN H. SCHURDELL age 85. Beloved husband to Patricia (nee Johnston) for 63 years. Loving father of Kelly Mastroianni (Tom) and Lynne Cardilino (Russell Fisher). Cherished grandfather of Devon Cardilino (fiance' Kait) and Spencer Cardilino. Son of the late Julius and Florence Schurdell. Brother of Warren Schurdell (Judy) and the late Marion Ventura, Ethel Kimes, Rolly Schurdell and Elmer Schurdell. U.S. Air Force Veteran and member of the John Barkley Masonic Lodge #621.
Martin was born in 1938 to Julius and Florence Schurdell. He was one of ultimately 6 children. Sadly, his mom passed away when he was only 16 years old. He grew up in and attended Strongsville Schools. He joined the Air Force, and would hitchhike back to Strongsville to see his then girlfriend, and later wife of 63 years, Patricia.
Martin and Patricia had two daughters, Kelly and Lynne. He was a doting and supportive father, and later a grandfather to Devon and Spencer. He was a career sales manager, and absolutely loved his work. He was employed by Teledyne, then spent many years with Flo-Tork/ Moog based in Orville. He loved talking to people, seeing new places, and traveling for his job. He could tell you how to get pretty much anywhere, and what motels and mom and pop restaurants were in the area wherever you might be going. He was a loyal, consistent, and dependable man, and prioritized his family. He was in regular attendance at his daughters’ events, and then his grandsons’ as they grew up. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed golf, playing cards, wood working, and home DIY projects. He loved a good cup of black coffee, a clam bake in the fall, and a really tasty dagwood sandwich. He took great pride in a meticulously edged lawn, made extensive lists, and was precise and detail oriented. Martin was delighted to spend time with his grandsons, Devon and Spencer, whenever he could, and loved his granddogs , Desmond and Emma (and all his past granddogs).
He liked to offer advice and to mentor his grandsons, to teach them songs from the 50’s, and listen to what they were up to in life. He was also always up for teasing Bama Pat with them as well. Although he passed away rather suddenly, he was a busy man and a hard worker, even in his retirement, and up until his last day on earth. He always had a project he was working on. He liked to wander through Lowe’s or Home Depot, sometimes to secretly buy more power tools. He was learning to use a “tablet”, insisting on going up on ladders to clean to gutters, raking leaves, and keeping an impeccable vehicle. He was a friend to many, always genuinely greeting folks with a smile and ready for conversation. He was a nice guy, and as someone said recently about him, you can’t fake nice. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Martin would say to his grandsons, in jest, “you are a gentleman and a scholar, and there are so few of us left”. This is true, as there is one less gentleman and scholar now without him around.
Rest peacefully, your work on earth is now done. You did well, left your legacy, and we are so
grateful to have had you in our lives.
In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to the Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.), P.O. Box 24365, Cleveland, Ohio 44214. At Martin's request, ALL SERVICES ARE PRIVATE. Arrangements entrusted to THE A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO