Carol Martensen

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

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June 9, 1950 – May 23, 2013

Carol Martensen, age 62, died Thursday May 23, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

  Funeral services were held at 2:00 Thursday  afternoon, May 30, 2013, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello, with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery.  Rev. Daryl Larson officiated at the services.  Friends called from 4 until 8 Wednesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. 

Carol Ann Olmstead was born June 9, 1950, at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa.   She was the daughter of Carlton and Maxine Dighton Olmstead.  She graduated from the Maquoketa Valley High School with the class of 1968.   Carol then went to work at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids.  Carol Ann Olmstead and Allen Martensen were married on September 5, 1970, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa.  The couple lived in Monticello before moving to the Martensen family farm west of Langworthy. 

Carol worked at Emerson Electric in Anamosa for a brief time.  Most of her working career has been as a CNA, working at the Senior Home in Monticello, the Anamosa Care Center, the Anamosa Hospital and West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids.  She was working at Linn Manor in Marion when she became ill.  Her residents missed her so much that they brought them to her house on the Linn Manor bus to visit Carol while she was recovering after surgery.   

Carol lived her life with grace, always focusing on the needs of her family above hers. She loved her husband, her children, grandchildren, the residents of Linn Manor, taking care of her flowers, and sugar cookies.

Surviving are her husband Allen; five children, Scott (Celena) Martensen, Antioch, Ill.; Lori (Jason) Darnell, Palo; Jamie (Christopher Shuck) Martensen, Monticello; Mindy (Eric) Riordan, Centennial, Colorado; Keri (Casey) Kula, Monticello; and 10 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Larry Olmstead. 

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.