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Martin Breemen

October 29, 1935 - December 2, 2019


Athens, Pennsylvania

Date of Death:

December 2, 2019



Birth Date:

October 29, 1935

Birth Place:

Kerkrade, Holland

Service Information:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 2 PM at Church of the Redeemer, 201 S. Wilbur Ave., Sayre, Pennsylvania



Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve, Newfield, New York

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Martin Breemen

Martin Hendrik Breemen, 84, of Athens Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on December 2nd, 2019 surrounded by his immediate family.

McMartin was born October 29th, 1935 in Kerkrade, Holland and unbeknownst to him was destined to live and embody the American Dream.  In 1957 he emigrated to Long Beach CA, served in the US Army for two years.  In 1965 he began his career at McDonald's sweeping the parking lot, working the register and flirting with customers. In February 1966, he noticed Barbara who recently moved from Colorado to California.  He asked her out, dated her and being the man who wasted no time and always knew what he wanted, proposed and they were married a short three and half months later on June 1,1966.  Shortly before their marriage he was promoted to manager at that same McDonald's.  In 1972 he was recruited and provided the opportunity to help the corporation expand their international footprint and the family moved to Munich, Germany where he successfully helped open numerous McDonald's restaurants across European countries.  In 1979, wanting to return to the US, he was offered the chance to buy and become the owner/operator of the McDonald's Franchise in South Waverly, PA which he operated successfully for 20 years until his retirement in 1999.  In his 40 years as a resident of the amazing community collectively known as "The Valley", Martin was a devout Catholic practicing at St. John's of South Waverly.  He enjoyed tennis, playing golf at Tomasso's  (while practicing his profanity) and had three hole in one's to his credit.  He loved listening to classical music and one of his favorite pastimes was mastering Sudoku.  In his retirement years Martin and Barbara enjoyed spending winters in Destin, FL.  Through it all, he never met a stranger and enjoyed engaging any and all in conversation with a sharp focus on eliciting laughter.      

Martin is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Jason and wife Cariya of Hollywood, CA; his son, Eric and wife Colleen of Marlborough, MA; and grandchildren, Christopher and Madison; his brother, Gus; and sister, Ineke of Kerkrade, Holland. 

A celebration of life service will be held at the Church of the Redeemer, 201 S. Wilbur Ave, Sayre PA at 2PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 followed by a reception at the Best Western Grand Victorian Inn, 255 Spring Street, Sayre PA from 4-6PM where all are welcomed and encouraged to attend to revel, tell stories and share in the beautiful life Martin lived.  The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Martin’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the House of Hope, Sayre PA.  

Sympathy Messages

From:  Chuck Carver
Sympathies to the family...Martin was a good friend who always told it like it was.   I'll miss him.

From: Miriam Roedts
I’m so sorry for your loss.  Martin was an awesome boss and friend. He treated everyone fairly and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all.  I am so thankful I had the opportunity to chat with him recently. 
May you Rest In Peace Martin
Miriam Roedts

From: Jennifer Cianfoni
This is very sad to hear, Martin was the best boss to work for, you will truly be missed. R.I.P. Martin.
Prayers, to Barb, Jason, Eric and your families.

From: Gagnon Family
To our dear friends Eric, Colleen, Madi, Christopher and family,
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father/grandpa. Please accept our sincere condolences and may our prayers help confort you.
With love,
The Gagnon Family

From: Barbara Daniels Goodman
So sorry for your loss. Martin was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed.

From: The Ardito
Sending love from the Ardito family. So sorry for your family's loss. Our condolences.

From: Michelle Swackhammer-Bennett
My sympathy to the family. Martin was my first boss and a friend. You will truly be missed.

From: The Briggs Family
Barbara and family, we were saddened to hear about the loss of Martin.  He was a truly good man, and we have very fond memories of our times with you and him at St. John’s Church.  May his love give you comfort and strength.

From: Rod & Nancy
Sending our condolences to the Breeman family.

From: Lee & Teresa Aldrich
So sorry Barbara for your loss.
He will be missed by the Destin snowbirds and tennis friends!

From: Dale Wilson
So sorry to hear the news.  When Martin came to the McDonalds in South Waverly, I had been there a whopping 2 weeks.  He was a great mentor and friend.  He really enjoyed the staff and was fun to work with.  He encouraged me to join the US Air Force, and remembered me when I would visit the Valley several years later.  "OK, Buddy"  you'll be missed!

From: Sherry Simonds
So sorry for the passing of Martin.  What wonderful memories you have, keep them close.

From: Gerdie Guus en Kinderen
Op de eerste plaats willen wij Barbara Kinderen en Kleinkindern condoleren met dit grote verlies van Martien haar Echtgenoot voor de Kinderen hun Vader en zijn Kleinkinderen hun Opa
Na diverse  jaren gewerkt te hebben in de kolenmijn Wilhelmia verliet hij zijn geboortegrond Kerkrade om zijn geluk te zoeken in het land der onbegrensde mogelijkheden USA
Door hard werken en samen met Barbara hebben zij hun Amerikaanse Droom kunnen verwezenlijken en daar was de hele familie Familie Breemen trots op 
Ondanks dat je het in Amerika voor ons doen daar heel goed gemaakt hebt ben je toch altijd de DER KIRiCHROACHER JONG gebleven zonder veel allures zoals wij Kerkradenaren nu eenmaal zijn
Broeder Schoonbroer en Oom ook wij zullen je missen jij was altijd goed voor ons en waar je helpen kon deed je dat en dan was je niets te veel
Broeder Rust in Vrede samen met Mam Pap en je zusters 
Beppie Annie Tilla 
Dat wensen wij je van ganze harte toe en dat heb je ook verdiend 
En voor Barbara en de Kinderen heel veel sterkte in deze voor hun moeilijke tijd

Je Broer Guus 
Je Schoonzus Gerdie
En Kinderen 
Marjes en Loek
Andy en Mirjam
Ankie en Kevin
En achternichtje Floor

From: Barbara
This is a translation from Dutch to English of the message posted by Martin's brother, Gus, in Holland.

First of all we would like to console Barbara, Eric’s family and Jason’s family on the loss of Martin, beloved husband, father and OPA (grandfather.)
After primary and high school Martin started work at the Wilhelmia coal mine in Kerkrade (the Netherlands) for several years. Working in the coal mine allowed Martin to finance his journey to the United States of America. After hard work in the mines he left his native Kerkrade to seek happiness in the country of limitless possibilities.
Through his hard work, helped and supported by Barbara, they were able to realize their American dream, making the whole family Breemen in the Netherlands immensely proud.
Despite your success in the United States you always remained yourself "D'r Kirchröatsjer Jong" (the average man from Kerkrade), just like us in our hometown Kerkrade.
Dear Brother, Uncle and Brother in law, you were always good to us and we will miss you very much. When you could help you did without fail and nothing was ever too much trouble for you. 
Brother, we sincerely wish you to rest in peace now, together with Mom and Pop, and our sisters Beppie, Annie and Tilla. We wish Barbara, the children and the grandchildren a lot of strength in this difficult time.

Your brother Guus
Your sister in law Gerdie
Marjes & Loek 
Andy & Mirjam
Ankie & Kevin & Floor


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