Virginia M. Martin

GENESEO, IL. – Virginia Martin, 95, entered eternal life on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Hillcrest Home Nursing Center in Geneseo, Illinois.

Virginia was born in Marquette on April 12, 1918, to Walter and Maude (Pritchard) Peters. She married John Martin on May 25, 1935, in Marquette, and they raised three children. Virginia was a homemaker most of her life, but worked at a variety of jobs outside the home as well. She had a flair for fashion, and found her niche in the Women’s Department at Getz’s Department Store, where she helped others choose the most flattering and fashionable attire. Virginia was a “people person”. She had an engaging smile, laughed easily, and was an excellent listener. Those qualities drew people to her, so she made friends wherever she went. She loved to travel with her favorite destination being Hawaii’s Big Island. She liked short trips, too, and when someone asked her, “would you like to go”…. she was getting ready to leave before she knew where they were going.

The most important things to Virginia were not things; they were people, and the most important people in her life were her family. Throughout her roles in life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, she was a loving presence, and will be remembered always.

Virginia is survived by her sons, Ronald (Beverly) Martin and Ted Martin, both of Negaunee, her daughter, Marilyn (Edwin) Rathjen, of East Moline, Illinois; fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2007; a granddaughter, Vicki Martin Pietro in 2007; and two great-grandsons, Jason Larson in 1976, and Adam Haglund in 2006. Virginia, the last member of her generation, was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Eleanor Landberg and Elsie Kevern, and her brother, Walter Peters.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Monday, July 7, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The memorial service will begin at 11:00 am Monday with Rev. Leon Jarvis presiding. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home. Interment will be made in the Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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