Martin Athy

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Martin Miles Athy, 65, of Millstadt, IL, born July 26, 1956, in Biloxi, MS, died Thursday, November 4, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Marty worked, alongside his son Matt, at Martin Steel Fabrication in Mascoutah, IL, and alongside his wife at Martin Fence. Marty was an avid hunter, fisherman, and enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies. His presence was larger than life and he will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bill; his grandparents, Alvin and Josephine Christ; and his father, Donald Athy (Sun Cha).

Surviving are his wife, Nancy, nee Bradshaw, Athy;
a son, Matthew (Mary) Athy;
a daughter-in-law, Trisha Athy;
four grandchildren, Aaron Athy, Makayla Athy, Josie Athy, and Olivia Athy;
his mother, Frances, nee Christ, Athy;
five sisters, Joan (Bruce) Bjerke, Karen Penrose, Kathy (Greg) Sherwood, Gail Bach,  and Jean (Kevin) Bjerke;
a large extended family of cousins; nieces; nephews; in-laws; and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, or National MPS Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at St. Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at, St. Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, IL, with Fr. Paul Weinhoff officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


18 Comments on Martin Athy

Dina Brokaw said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2021 at 1:04 PM

I am so sorry he left us too soon and have been praying for you. You are in my thoughts every day. My heart is heavy for you but I hope you find comfort in knowing how much your friends and family love you both and how your love and strong bond you two have is an inspiration to us all. So good to know you have the true love you deserve and he will always be with you. I just want to send you so much comfort and hugs. Love you friend, Dina

  • Newport Beach
  • CA
James & Kay Myers said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 11:59 AM

We are so very sad to hear about Marty, and so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We hope all of the good times you shared together will help you make it through this most difficult time. Marty will truly be missed by all!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
David Davies said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 9:03 AM

Lisa and I are sorry we can not be there. The passing of Marty was a shock to us all. We send our deepest sympathies to all the Athy's. Dave and Lisa Davies

  • Abilene
  • KS
Sandy Winkelmann said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 9:59 AM

I am sorry to hear of your brothers passing. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences

  • Belleville
  • Il
John Behrman said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 10:07 PM

Such a shame. Marty was one of the best guys I’ve ever known. He taught me a lot in my lifetime. He showed me the value of hardwork, bailing hay as a kid. I really enjoyed making Deer Sausage with him, entrusting me with the age old Athy secret recipe. It didn’t matter anyway, because his homemade apricot wine he’d serve(also an age old tradition), had me forgetting most things after 1 glass. But I believe what I really learned from him was patience, and understanding. Marty was, and will forever be a great man, and I know he will be greatly missed, by all who knew him. God Bless You!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jim Bach said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 8:12 PM

My heart goes out to Nancy, Matt, and the Athy family. This is an unbelievable loss of a great guy. I will miss his ever present smile/smirk…

  • Wilmette
  • IL
Debbie Nobbe said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 11:40 AM

Nancy, So sorry to hear of Marty's passing sending my sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

  • IL
Bette Jo. Mergen said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:16 PM

My deepest condolences to his mother Frances, his sisters and wife and the close family. Strength and prayers

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Kent & Nykiel Kampwerth said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 7:20 PM

Life is too short you guys were the best. I cannot express in words the sympathy I feel for you Nancy and Matt I know you and your families will miss him dearly. Marty always had a smile on his face and willing to do about anything. We will all miss him dearly.

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
The Adkin Family (Suellentrop) said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 10:53 AM

Nancy, I am so incredibly sad for you, and just cannot believe the news! XOXO Cheryl & Familiy

  • Milton
  • Georgia
Bill Germuga said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 9:35 AM

I was very saddened by the news of Marty's passing. I knew Marty well from his involvement in the structural steel industry and Bi-State Fabricators Association. I had just run into Marty a month ago at Oktoberfest in Belleville where my wife and I chatted with him and his mom for some time. He was full of pride in discussing Matt running Martin Steel and his enjoyment in his new ventures. He will be missed, my condolences to the family and friends. God Bless.

  • Madison
  • Illinois
Raymond Christ said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 11:16 AM

My deepest condolences to Marty's family. He was my cousin, and we grew up together only being 1 year apart in age. I remember our youth and playing together. He was such a great guy, and it's hard to imagine he is gone. Being so close in age it throws one's own mortality to the the for front. God speed Marty. I will see you someday on the other side!

  • Sherman Oaks
  • CA
Richard Thompson said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 11:09 PM

Unbelievably tragic and sad news regarding Marty’s passing. He was a fine man and true gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Jenny Rapp said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 8:58 PM

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

  • Swansea
  • IL
Terri Albert Capote said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 8:58 PM

My memories of my cousin were of a serious guy with a silly streak. Always a smile, a kind word, and our grandfather's hard working way. Thank you for leading the way for the rest of us, Marty. Your memory will not fade.

  • Roswell
  • GA
Cheryl Reinhardt said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 5:05 PM

Nancy and family, My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I’m sorry to hear about Marty.

  • Naples
  • Florida
Doris & Tiff Barret said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 11:53 AM

Our deepest sympathies Our prayers are with your family.

  • OLympia
  • Wa
Joyce Degenhardt said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 7:49 PM

Nancy, Matt and families, I'm truly sorry to hear about Marty, my heart is heavy, you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Lots of love coming your way!

  • Saint Charles
  • MO

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