Carole Jeanne Martinsen, 76, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where friends may call after 9 a.m. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
Surviving are four children, Kevin (Lori) Augustus, Greenville, S.C., Kent (Jill) Martinsen and Shelley Fiedler, both of Monticello, and Stacey (Randy Less) Martinsen, Manchester; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three siblings, Judith Albaugh, Monticello, Beverly (Bob) Sherlock, Clive, and Mike Davidson, Farmington; and a sister-in-law, Patty Davidson, Ely.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex; a daughter, Kimberly Ferrante; a son-in-law, Mark Fiedler; three grandsons, P.J., Joshua and Daniel; and a brother, Pat.
Carole Jeanne Davidson was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Velma Grace Worden Davidson. Jeanne graduated from Anamosa Community Schools in 1958. She then went to work at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids. Jeanne married Rex Martinsen on Nov. 23, 1963, in Rock Island, Ill. The couple operated the Office Tap in Monticello, and in 1987 purchased and operated the Pizza Place on Lake Delhi. Jeanne sold the business after Rex's death in 1999 and moved back to Monticello. Her sister, Judy, had moved in with her in recent years and helped take care of her during her final illness.
Jeanne had been a member of the Monticello Golf Club and bowled with a team in Monticello. In retirement, she operated a craft business with her sisters. She enjoyed going to Florida every winter and spending time fishing and boating with her cousin, Jerry Worden. She also enjoyed her visits to area casinos.