Mike Martinsen, 65, of Monticello, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, after a four-year journey with Renal Cancer, at Monticello Nursing Home & Rehab in Monticello.
Visitation for Mike will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, March 4, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade. Social distancing will be followed, as recommended by federal and state guidelines. Face masks are required to attend the visitation. Per Mike’s request, please wear casual dress.
Private funeral services for Mike will be Friday, March 5, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Monticello, with Pastor Dave Raemisch presiding. Services will be live streamed at 1 p.m., at the Reiff Funeral Home Inc. Facebook page. Casketbearers will be Josh Ries, Matt Riniker, Brian McElmeel, Nathan Engelken, Christy Clark, Ryan Christie and Michelle Thurman. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.
He was born March 4, 1955, in Monticello, son of Laurence and Leona (Fothergill) Martinsen. He graduated from Monticello Community School and was united in marriage Oct. 27, 1989, to Diane (Pins) Olsem at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Monticello. Mike was a Machinist at Energy Manufacturing for 45 years, until his retirement in 2018.
Mike was a thoughtful, honest and loyal person to those he loved. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His three granddaughters were truly the apples of his eye. Mike was an avid woodworker, golfer and fishermen and loved his annual fishing trips to Birchwood, Wis.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Martinsen of Monticello; a son, Adam (Heidi Karr) Olsem of Cedar Rapids and their daughter, Penelope; a daughter, Ashley (Mike) Keller of Amana and their daughters Makayla and Olivia; one brother, Laurence “Marty” (Mary Anne) Martinsen of Peoria, Ariz.; one sister, Pat (Bill) Casey of Alburnett; two brothers-in-law, Greg Haas of Bluegrass, and Paul (Kay Titus) Nielsen of Anamosa; father and mother-in-law, Eldon and Marilyn Pins of Dyersville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy (Randy) Riniker of Luxemburg, Carol (Pat) Engelken of New Vienna and Beth (Doug) Ulbrich of Luxemburg; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sharon Nielsen and Lynne Haas; and a brother-in-law, Larry Hawker.
Instead of flowers, a Michael J. Martinsen memorial fund has been designated to place Buddy Benches in the Monticello Community and at his granddaughters’ schools. Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Mike Martinsen Family, at P.O. Box #430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033.
You may view the Video Tribute and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.