Lou Ann Martinson, age 59, of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 20, 2014, Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg with Rev. Richard Meyer officiating. Inurnment will be at East York Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lou Ann is survived by her four sons, Shawn Martinson (Amanda Finnegan) of Williamsburg, Corey Martinson of Williamsburg, Nick Martinson (Stephanie) of Ely, and Vince Martinson (Niki) of Williamsburg; five grandchildren, Alexis Martinson, Connor Finnegan, Clayton Martinson, William Martinson, and KayLynn Martinson; her parents, George and Rita Stahl of Williamsburg; two brothers, Gary Stahl (Judy) of Williamsburg and Stuart Stahl (Pam) of Ankeny; and five sisters, Marsha White of Williamsburg, Sheri Wetjen (Garth) of Williamsburg, Barb Grauer (Dennis) of Oxford, Lori Beemer (Tom) of Iowa City, and Michelle Sims (Doug) of Marengo.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a grandchild.
Lou Ann Stahl was born April 15, 1954 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of George and Rita Costello Stahl. She attended the Williamsburg schools and graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1972. Lou Ann married Duane Martinson on May 25, 1974 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Homestead, Iowa. To this union four sons were born, Shawn, Corey, Nick and Vince. The couple later divorced. Lou Ann worked for many years with the family at the Raider Drive In. She was a lunch lady at the Williamsburg High School for a short time. She also worked at several businesses in Williamsburg. Most recently she was employed as a medical receptionist with Mercy Family Practice in Williamsburg. Lou Ann was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the Bell Choir. She also belonged to the Williamsburg VFW Auxiliary.
Lou Ann enjoyed reading, knitting, and the trips to Riverside with her friends. She loved gardening, and growing flowers and plants. She was very family-oriented and cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren.