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Marie Martens

October 15, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Marie Martens, 98, of Reinbeck, passed away Wednesday, October 4th, at the Parkview Nursing Home in Reinbeck, due to natural causes. The funeral service was held on Monday, October 9th at 10:30 AM at the Amity Presbyterian Church in rural Tama County with visitation held prior to the service from 9:30 until 10:15 AM. Burial followed the luncheon at 1:00 at the Reinbeck Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Reinbeck City Park. Online messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Marie was born on August 29, 1919 on a farm in Marshall County, Iowa, to her parents George & Bertha (Thaden) Delfs. She attended school in Gladbrook, where she graduated from high school. After high school, she married Gilbert Martens at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple welcomed two daughters into their family. She worked as a homemaker, caring for her family and her home. She enjoyed knitting, baking pies and was known for her lemon and raisin cream pies. She was a member of the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck.

She is survived by her daughter Sandra (Cordell) Peterson of Reinbeck; grandchildren Shellie (Shawn) Murphy of Reinbeck, Chris (Kelly) Dinsdale of Reinbeck, Noah (Erica) Martens of Grundy Center and Dylan Neal of Grundy Center; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; sister Ruth Carlson of Marshalltown. Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert; daughter Debra Neal; sister Amy Hoing.

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