Josie Ann Martens, age 84, of rural Hutchinson, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Atwater, to Carl and Lily Swenson.
After graduating from Atwater High School in 1948, she lived and worked as a waitress at the Litchfield Hotel. In 1950, she moved to Seattle, WA, to work in a department store.
Josie was united in marriage to Ward C. Martens June 16, 1951, in California. They returned to Minnesota in 1957, and Josie enjoyed working in the fields on their 80-acre farm on Belle Lake.
She also enjoyed following her children’s sports seasons, attending as many games as possible; and playing card games with friends and family. In her later years, she loved watching the University of Minnesota Gopher games, the Vikings, and the Twins, as well as attending her grandchildren’s various events and activities.
Josie took pride in keeping the acreage site manicured, and could be seen on her John Deere lawn mower throughout the summer. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Township, and taught Sunday school for many years.
Josie suffered a stroke in December 2012, and thereafter resided at Dassel Lakeside Health Care Center.
She is survived by her sons, David Martens of Hutchinson; Randall (Carole) Martens of St. Croix Falls, WI; Steven (Debbie) Martens of Dalton, and Paul Martens of Minneapolis; daughter Sally (Richard) Shermock of Mankato; a brother, John Swenson of Lino Lakes; sisters-in-law Mary Jane Swenson of Paynesville, Aldys Swenson, and Blanche West, both of Atwater; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Ward; her parents; and brothers Howard Swenson, Walter Swenson, and Donald Swenson.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Darwin, with the Rev. Greg Tobison officiating. Interment followed at the Ellsworth Cemetery in rural Darwin.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.