Joan "GJ" Martin
Joan "GJ" Catherine Martin, 90, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Grand Living in Coralville. Private family Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at All Saints Church, Cedar Rapids. Private visitation: Wednesday afternoon. Please find the livestream link for the Mass and share your support and memories on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries. Private burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
Joan was born Sept. 6, 1930, to Joseph and Lucy (Jan) Enzler. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Franklin High School in 1948 and the University of Michigan in 1952. She then moved to Chicago, where she met William "Bill" Martin. They were united in marriage on June 23, 1956. Joan and Bill welcomed six children in the next seven years. In 1967, the family moved back to Cedar Rapids, where Roy and Daniel were born. Joan was very active in her children's and grandchildren's lives, supporting them with their education and attending all of their activities.
In addition to raising her children, she loved to travel, golf, watch movies and played in as many as five bridge groups at one time. She often spent February in Florida with her friends, Joanne, Pat and Jean and went to Alaska with her friend, Marilyn. Joan was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church, where she was a member of St. Monica's Circle, served as a Eucharistic minister and sang in the church choir until her mid-80s.
Survivors include her children, Anne (Mike) Murray of Iowa City, Tim Martin of Dubuque, Dennis Martin of Cedar Rapids, Paul (Patti) Martin of Sonoma, Calif., Joe (Carolyn) Martin of Bettendorf, Lucy (Joel) Smith of Shorewood, Minn., Roy Martin of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Dan (Alicia) Martin of Denver, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carolyn Enzler; and many extended family members and wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a granddaughter; and brother, Joe Enzler.
Memorials may be directed to All Saints Catholic Church or the Xavier Foundation.
Special thanks to the entire staff at Grand Living for the love and care given to Joan for the last 2½ years as well as Iowa City Hospice for the last year.