Anthony Michael Maerten

anthony maerten

Anthony “Judo” Michael Maerten, age 35, died Friday, January 20, 2023, in Charlotte, NC.  

He was born on January 5, 1988, in Eschenbach, Germany. Anthony was the son of Eric and Dawn Maerten, brother of Christian Maerten, and father of Summer Marie Maerten. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a minor in Media Integration. After college, Anthony worked for a Broadcasting Station in Myrtle Beach, SC. He then went on to join the U.S. Army and served honorably for four years with overseas service as well. After his term in the Army, Anthony continued his education and became a licensed welder in Charlotte. 

“Judo” lived an exciting, fun-filled life; he enjoyed adventure from a young age, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, participating in church youth activities, a champion high-school varsity wrestler, a Black Belt Judo Practitioner competing at the international level, swimming instructor, and riding his motorcycles with friends. He loved his family and spending time with his daughter, Summer Marie; together attending church, enjoying boating, fishing, reading, painting, music and many other activities together. 

Anthony is preceded in death by grandfather; John R. Puleski, who is also a U.S. Army veteran.   

He is survived by his parents: Eric Maerten, (SGM, USA, Ret.) and Dawn Maerten (SGT, USA); his daughter: Summer Marie Maerten; his younger brother: Christian Maerten; and grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends in many places. 

A memorial service with Military Honors will be at 2 PM, Saturday, February 4, 2023 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whispering Pines, NC with Gregory K. Williamson, Chaplain, Colonel, USA Retired, officiating. 

A visitation will be held at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 4 PM – 8 PM, and on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 9 am to Noon, prior to the memorial service at St. Paul.

The final visitation and memorial service will be held on February 11, 2023 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda, NY at 9 am to 12, followed immediately by interment at St. Matthew Cemetery in North Tonawanda, NY with Rev. Ernest Green III, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to the memorial scholarship fund for Anthony’s daughter, Summer, via this link:

Gifts may also be sent to Summer Maerten, PO Box 203, Cameron, NC 28326

Online condolences may be made at 

Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC and Fretthold Funeral Home in North Tonawanda, NY. 

John 20:15-17


Visitation: February 3, 2023 4:00 pm - February 27, 2024 8:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Visitation: February 4, 2023 9:00 am - February 27, 2024 12:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Memorial Service: February 4, 2023 2:00 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church
3253 Niagara Carthage Rd
Whispering Pines, NC 28327

(910) 949-2345

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  1. Anthony. Summer misses you so much. You were great on all levels. I see you in Summer everyday. Just know she will ALWAYS know you. Oh the memories I can share with her! We love and miss you. You were a great man.

  2. Rip Anthony I never got to meet you But my great Niece Summer adored you .You we’re a good Daddy to her. To the Family I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. We will miss you, we have so many great memories to remember you with and that’s what I’ll remember you by. God Bless you and your family.

  4. We love you Anthony. You were making great strides. Maturing. It hurts so bad that it ended abruptly. Your memory will forever live on. Summer will not forget you. Your friends and family and I won’t let that happen. We will raise awareness to motorcycles and be even more aware of our surroundings. We love you and we miss you.

  5. So sorry for the loss of Anthony, Just remember that this is not our final destination. I am sorry to see him go but I pray he is with Jesus now.

  6. It is with deepest sympathies and sadness that l am feeling at this time for you and your loved ones; you are in my prayers!🙏🇺🇸

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