Joyce Martens

Martens, Joyce At the age of 91 died after many years of kidney and heart disease, ended with pneumonia. At an early age excelled in gymnastics and tumbling. Through teenage years became the best baton twirler in the state of Minnesota winning many awards and trophies. She went to the University of Minnesota and led the bands on the Gophers football field where she met her to be husband, Harold the band manager. She followed him to his first job in Prairie du Sack, Iowa and drove to near by Madison Wisconsin to complete her degree in Physical Education. Eventually settled in Minneapolis and brought two boys Jay and Chuck into the world before starting her teaching occupation in the Bloomington School System in 1962. Joyce and Harold bought their dream home in 1968. She was a major instigator for planting trees and gardens with other home and yard improvements. She loved canaries and finches. Interested in Orchids plants. Often attended performances at Orchestra Hall. Took up violin lessons after retirement. Her true love left the world this past February, married for 69 years. Surviving child Chuck and daughter-in-law Olena. Funeral service will be held at 11AM with visitation one hour prior on Thursday, September 26th at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave., Minneapolis. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996