Vieno Martensen


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Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 4:59 pm
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Vieno E. Martensen, 90, of Rock Island, died Sunday May 5, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Church of Peace United Church of Christ, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Church of Peace.
The former Vieno Koivisto was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Rock Island, a daughter of John and Edla Kumpulainen Koivisto. She married Robert Martensen Oct. 1, 1950, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2009.
Following graduation from Rock Island High School in 1941, she was secretary to the Superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools until 1952. She was a lifelong member of Church of Peace, serving on the Altar Guild and was a member and past president of the Women's Guild and Filiae Pacis Circle.
She was awarded the life membership in the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers and received Church Women United of Rock Island/Milan's Valiant Woman pin. She was an U.S.O. hostess in World War II and a former member of the Y.W.C.A.'s Tri-Y Club.
She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, other brain games and reading. Her family fondly remembers her seasonal decorations, family dinners and file of household hints (roughly the size of the congressional library). She was a very kind, forgiving and understanding lady.
Survivors are her son, Robert, and daughter, Karen Young, both of Rock Island; granddaughters, Erica Thornton, Milan, Amanda Martensen, Davenport, Julie Young, Rock Island, and Emily Young, Missouri; grandson, Paul Martensen, Blue Grass; two great-grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; five stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Tyyne Thompson, Rock Island; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Lemon, Rock Island, Marjorie (Robert) Murphy, Rock Island, and Carolyn Martensen, Haines City, Fla.; two nieces and a nephew, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister, Aune Crapnell; son-in-law, Jonathan Young; and brothers-in-law, Melvin Martensen, Tom Thompson and Edward Lemon.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com












 



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