Martin Howard Schlosser

February 18, 1957 - August 16, 2009

02/18/1957 - 08/16/2009

Past Services

Wednesday August 19, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Thursday August 20, 2009
11:00 am

Thursday August 20, 2009
1:15 pm

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach; Martin Howard Schlosser, 52, passed away on Sunday, August 16 in a local hospital.
He was a native of Peoria, Ill., a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Hampton Roads Drive Safe
and several trucking organizations. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years service. He was an employee
of VIT for 13 years.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda, a brother, Richard Schlosser, a sister, Gerine Phipps and a nephew
Joshua Phipps.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday August 20, 2009 at the Altmeyer Funeral
Home Virginia Beach. Reverend Tom Strohecker will officiate. Burial will follow in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans
Memorial Cemetery at 1:15 PM. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Wednesday
from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Stephanie Rozzell aka Rozie
7 years ago

Dear Linda,

My heart goes out to you during this time of loss. I had the pleasure of working with Martie at the Virginia Port Authority. In the beginning we both had our moments of stubbornness towards one another. But later we both gained a great respect and friendship that grew in the 11 years that I knew him. He always had a joke at my expense or funny story to tell.

During the difficult times with his health I saw a man beat the odds and do it with great strength and an infectious humor. I thought to myself that should I ever be presented with a challenge like this in my life, that I would handle it with half the grace and courage that Martie did. He is an inspiration to us all.

Greg Edwards
7 years ago

Dear Linda,

What a pleasure it was to know and work with Martie. As I reflect on his life, I’m reminded of the complex, sensitive and surprising man that he was.

Early in his VPA career, a series of unfortunate events conspired to diminish Martie’s standing. A lesser man would have been tempted to resign. Not Martie! He approached management with a bold recommendation: “The Port needs a trucking liaison and the truckers need an advocate.” If anyone doubts the enormous impact that he had, they need only read the testimonials posted here by members of the industry.

To say that Martie was passionate about his work would be a colossal understatement. He was so committed to improving the individual trucker’s experience that he often faced the rhetorical question, “Who do you work for – the VPA or the truckers?”

My final memories of Martie revolve around his illnesses and the challenges he faced. I often thought, “How much can one family endure?” Not only did Martie endure, he overcame. If the true measure of a man is how he faces adversity, Martie stood tall.

Linda – These words seem meager compared to the experience of knowing the man, but I pray that they may bring you some comfort.

Matthew 5:4

Ruth Briggs
7 years ago

Dear Linda: Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Martie was such a very special person. I have never know anyone who fought so courageously during illness. We will miss him. Remember our fun at the ballgames. Sincerely, Ruth & John Briggs

Anne Forret
7 years ago

Gerine, Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Andrew McGraw
7 years ago

Gerine: I am sad to hear of the passing of your brother. I wish you and your family peace.

Heike Campolongo
7 years ago

I just want to share my sympathy of the pasing of Marty. He fought long and hard and at least now he is at peace.

April McCulley
7 years ago

I was blessed to have known Marty. He was a wonderful man that will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Karen Siegel
7 years ago


Please accept my condolences on this tremendous loss. I will never forget the reaction Philip Newswanger got when he decided he wanted to hire a male ‘Administrative Assistant’ for the Research Department at VPA. Martie never feared taking on uncharted waters and certainly proved his value and his mettle to VPA/VIT throughout his career with the company. May God hold you closely in the days ahead and comfort you with the promise of everlasting life. My prayers go out to your entire family. God’s peace be with you.

Susan Richard
7 years ago


I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Marty. He was a kind man of compassion and the highest integrity. Our prayers and condolences to you.

Susan and Tim

Bob Woods
7 years ago


Little did I know that the time I sat with you and Marty in your home in Mid May would be the last time I would see him. I recall even then with Marty in pajamas and using a walker that he literally bounced into the room, took over the conversation,nicely of course,and proceeded to tell us both that he’d be back to work in no time…which he was! I was as amazed at that then , as I am shocked today, that he left us so suddenly. The thing I remember most about Marty is how he cared for you and would do whatever it took to make sure that should something happen to him that you were taken care of…and he did. That’s how I spell L-O-V-E.I guess in my line of work I’ve seen so much of the other that I have all the respect and admiration in the world for those that take care of those who are important to them. Sounds like that’s how Marty treated everyone..whether at his job or his family. There’s not a much better mark of a man. I’ll miss him.

Take care of yourself Linda.

Bob Woods

Craig Nolin
7 years ago


Sharon and I were shocked and saddened when we learned of Marty’s passing. Marty was a man of high integrity and values who loved the Lord. We can take comfort knowing he is in Heaven and free of any pain and suffering. May God be with you during these difficult times.

Mary Reilly
7 years ago

Linda, I am very sorry for your loss. It was my privilege to work with Martie and I hope during this time of great sadness you will be comforted by his unwavering courage, laughter and the great love he shared for you. You and your family are in my prayers ~

Tiffany Lippy
7 years ago

Linda, I knew Martie from working at the VPA many years ago. I just learned of his passing and wanted to let you know that I am very sorry for your loss.

Bud McMahan
7 years ago

Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Martie helped my company in many ways in his job with the port authority. He was an asset to the community, an inspirtion to all that knew him, and a dear friend. He will be greatly missed.

Tom Stagg
7 years ago

Linda, So sorry to hear of your loss. Martin was always a source of joy as we would talk and visit. Our families prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I will cherish the many times I was able to spend time with You and Martie.


Tami and Al Itri
7 years ago

Linda, We are so sorry to hear about Marty. If you need anything let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Newman
7 years ago

Linda; Marty was a wonderful man who will be missed. I first came to know Marty when he worked for the VPA, and my ex-husband.

The world was a wonderful place with him in it and heaven is happier with one of there angels home. Please be comforted knowing he was liked and loved by many. God Bless.

Karen Brent
7 years ago

Martie was a special person to know. He always helped me in my business in every way he could. He tried to help make things easier at the port for my drivers. He actually cared. The Trucking community will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Debbie McNulty
7 years ago

Marty will be missed by his friends at the Virginia Port Authority and throughout the maritime community. Linda, you have my sincere condolences. I will miss our talks about “our dogs”. Marty was an inspiration as we watched him patiently struggle to work yet maintain his gentle and joking ways. “Fair winds and following seas” our dear friend.

Norman Davis
7 years ago

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I had only known Martie for a couple of years through my work with the Virginia Maritime Association. He was a gentle, giving man. I will miss him.