Poferl, Martin Leonard
January 15, 1938 – January 15, 2015
Age 77 of Backus, MN. Passed away peacefully on his birthday, Jan. 15th, 2015. Marty was born and raised in St. Paul, MN by his parents, Herman & Catherine (O’Donnell) who preceded him in death. He is also preceded by his loving wife, Sandy and beloved sister, Ellen Poferl. He will be cherished forever in the hearts of his surviving family & friends: son, Joseph (Jennith); step-daughter, Dena Owens-Bowmer; grandchildren, Amanda & Ashley, Jasper & Zeke; brothers, David ( ), Greg (Mary Beth) and sister, Mary (); special friends, Connie & Ed Duran, Chris & Tina Hanneken, Butch & Liz Dahl, and Randy & Sue Schwegel and their respective families; many quasi children and grandkids, nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends. Dad was a graduate of Cretin High School, now Cretin-Derham Hall. He was a proud Navy Veteran. He served in various functions but his time as a photojournalist with the Pacific Mine Fleet was his favorite. He is well known for his drawings and humorous stories, and his talents were well used by the Public Relations arm of the Admiral’s office while he served. Marty worked in sales throughout his life after the service. When in management roles, he was admired and respected by his peers and likewise by his clients when handling accounts. He was an avid supporter of Pine Rive-Backus Schools Athletics and Arts and offered his photographic talents at various events. Kids and parents alike knew they’d be getting developed photos the next day after a game or performance. In his retirement he volunteered in a “Grandpa” like role in the Pine River-Backus Elementary Schools. While assisting in the classroom, Marty developed great friendships and earned the affection of his students. He loved this role and was heartbroken when he had to leave due to the progression of his breathing illnesses. Dad will be remembered for his charm, quick-wit, selflessness, never ending humor, love of all things sports related, and most importantly his outspoken love and appreciation for the people in his life. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8th, 3pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 310 1st St. N, Hackensack, MN with a visitation starting at 1pm. Private Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Martin & Sandra Poferl Memorial Fund which will be used to support various program throughout the Pine-River Backus School District.