Martin H. Seppala
LANTANA, Florida – Martin H. Seppala, 91, of Lantana, Florida and Greer, South Carolina died April 11, 2017 in Florida after a lengthy illness. He was born January 14, 1926, son of the late Gus and Annie (Somero) Seppala. Marty, as he was known to all those who knew and loved him, was a businessman, entrepreneur and pioneer of the Finnish communities in the Monadnock region, Lantana, Florida and Greer, South Carolina. He founded and operated many construction related businesses, the largest of which was Seppala and Aho of New Ipswich. He also was a founder and owner of Norsa Construction, Minuteman Ready Mix, Monadnock Fabricators, Monadnock Roofing, Builder's Exchange, Consept Mechanical, Grace Electric, Vanguard Manufacturing, Seppala Homes, numerous subdivisions, condominium projects and other construction-related business endeavors. While construction was his chosen vocation and consumed much of his time, Marty's first love was the Lord Jesus Christ and the profession of his faith in Him. He always "gave an answer of the reason of the hope that was in him" 1 Peter 3:15. He was a lifelong member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church and served as a lay preacher, Pastor and missionary. His service included prison ministry, local missions and foreign missions to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia (including Siberia) Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Guatemala. One of his mission trips included circumnavigation of the world and his final trip was to India when he was 87 years young. Marty was optimistic, enthusiastic, charismatic and vibrant. He brightened any room he entered and inspired confidence and ambition in anyone who worked with or for him. His impact has been and will continue to be felt in the construction industry in New England, Florida and South Carolina through the many individuals who he inspired to found and operate construction-related business ventures. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Sandra Kinnunen, Annie Krook, Deborah Stenersen, Wanda Aho, Heidi Townsend, Melinda Nyblom, Marci Holombo, and Mildred Niemela; sons Samuel Seppala, Jonathan Seppala, Joel Seppala, Nathan Seppala, Benjamin Seppala, Matthew Seppala, Amos Seppala, and Joshua Seppala; sisters Alvina Oberg, Elaine Seppala; a brother Arnold Seppala; stepdaughters, Naomi Tapio, Aly Seppala, Janie Somero, and Norma Reini; and stepsons, Rodney Sarkela, David Sarkela, Steven Sarkela, John Sarkela and Bruce Sarkela; 139 grandchildren; 282 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; and a host of Christian friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Barbara (Frigard) Seppala and a son, Daniel Seppala. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Eastside Apostolic Lutheran Church. The funeral service will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Fellowship Greenville, 3161 S. Highway 14, Greenville, SC 29615. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetary, Greer, South Carolina. Memorials may be made to Eastside Apostolic Lutheran Church Mission Fund 2200 Mays Bridge Road, Greer, SC 29651. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thomasmcafee.com Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.
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