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Martin J. McDermott
(March 10, 1961 - November 17, 2012)

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Martin Joseph McDermott, 51, of rural Compton died Nov. 17, 2012, in his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Cross Church, Mendota with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. He was born March 10, 1961, in Evergreen Park to William and Marian (Colbert) McDermott. He married Ruth Cornell. He graduated from Oak Forest High School and the University of Illinois. He was a finance manager for Schimmers Inc. for many years. He was a member of Holy Cross Church and the Mendota Elks and Moose lodges. Marty was a loving and devoted father, husband and grandfather. He loved life and proved that as he continued to fight as hard as possible despite the hardships from suffering a stroke and cancer. Marty never gave up, always saying, “I’m going to beat this no matter what the doctors say.” When they told him he wouldn’t be able to do something, he said, “Watch me!” He overcame so many obstacles and never felt bad for himself along the way. He had a strong and determined spirit, yet was so giving and caring and helped many people throughout his life. His strength and lack of self pity during his fight with cancer inspired so many people to strengthen themselves. He had an amazing sense of humor and was always playing jokes on people, especially his wife and children. Marty loved all sports and was a diehard Chicago Bears fan and loved the game of football. His strength lives on in all of us. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Compton; two sons, Marty McDermott Jr. of Oak Forest and Andrew McDermott at home; one daughter, Emily Daugherty at home; one grandson, Marty McDermott III; his father, William (Joan) McDermott of Montana; two brothers, Tom (Karen) McDermott of Bolingbrook and Larry (Donna) McDermott of Chicago; four sisters, Carolyn Wehling of Channahon, Marge (Don) Walsh of Chicago, JoAnne (Jim) Doeseckle of Chicago and Mary (Joe) Michalowicz of Oak Lawn; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, one brother, Bill and one sister, Chris McLain. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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