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Marilynn J. Martinson, 85

Jan 15, 2021

Marilynn Martinson

Edina – Marilynn J. Martinson, 85, of Edina passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2021 at Mount Olivet Care Center.

Private services were held Thursday Jan, 14 at Washburn McReavy funeral home in Edina, burial followed at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Marilynn Janet Anderson was born in Frost. She was baptized and confirmed at United Lutheran Church in Frost. She graduated from Frost High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She married Robert E. Martinson and the couple resided most of their lives in Edina.

Marilynn’s foremost joy was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her professional life was spent working as an executive secretary. Along with this, she spent many years supporting Bob in his home building business, with an amazing eye for Interior Design. Marilynn enjoyed watching all sports, especially cheering on the Minnesota Vikings. She loved her family and granddaughters, entertaining them with jokes, limericks and rhymes, and was proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Marilynn fought many health battles in recent years, demonstrating a toughness and resiliency that her family and doctors greatly admired. She was passionate about finding a cure for Peripheral Neuropathy, spending countless hours researching remedies, and serving on the board of the Minnesota Neuropathy Association for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert E. Martinson; their two children, Karin (Vance) Martinson/Nelson, of New Brighton and Brian (Denise) Martinson, of Superior, Colorado; granddaughters, Madilynn, Lea and Grace Martinson. Also surviving are her brother, Larry (Sonja) Anderson, of Frost, and her sister-in-law Marian Moser, of Burnsville; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Olive Anderson; mother and father-in-law, Elmer and Freda Martinson; brother, James Anderson, and brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A celebration of her life will be held once it is safe to gather again.

Her infectious smile, quick wit, clever sense of humor, and heartfelt advice will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. As Marilynn would say, she was “tarp as a shack!”

Memorials preferred to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: https://www.foundationforpn.org (Donate Now > Memory or Honorarium > Donate Online > Complete Donation Form with Marilynn Martinson as the Honoree)