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Christine Martina

December 25, 1926 — February 29, 2024

We are sad to announce the passing of our mother, Christine Tortorigi Martina, lovingly known as "Ganny". She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Emil J. Martina, "Marty". Christine is survived by her three daughters; Maria Knowles and husband James, Suzanne McFerrin and husband Jim, and Natalie Martina; grandchildren Melissa Gilmore and husband David, Michelle Dailey and husband J.P.,Michael Knowles and wife, Jessica, and Blake McFerrin. Christine has six great grandchildren; Margot, Eliza, John Emil, Vivian, Fletcher and Arthur. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Christine was born in Birmingham on Christmas Day, 1926 to Guiseppe and Rosaria Tortorigi. She was one of eight children. While dining at the Tutwiler Hotel, she noticed a handsome Air Force pilot whom she would go on to marry. They traveled the U.S. and Europe as he served his country.

Upon Marty's retirement, they settled back in Birmingham, where they continued to raise their family. Christine was a devoted mother, devout Catholic, and a cherished friend to all who met her. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the lights of her life and she loved nothing more than gathering us all together for meals and laughter. Christine was a classic Italian mother who shared her traditions with family and friends. When Mom was in her eighties, she took her entire family on an adventure to Italy. We'll cherish those memories forever.

We would especially like to thank the staff at St. Martin's in the Pines. They cared for our mom as if she was family. We love them all. Also, these last few months would have been unbearable without the constant care and guidance from first Falicia and then Lindsey with ProHealth Hospice. They are angels.

Christine was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and later Holy Infant in Trussville. There will be a graveside service on Monday, March 4 at 2:00 in the Veteran's section of Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Trussville.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Christine Martina, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Graveside Service

Monday, March 4, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Jefferson Memorial Gardens East

1591 Gadsden Hwy, AL 35235

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