Geraldine U. Martinsen, 93, of Drums, Pennsylvania, passed away early Sunday morning, January 12, 2020 at Providence Place Senior Living Community in Drums, PA.
Born in Colome, SD, August 25, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Chris and Jessie (Hamilton) Larsen and spent the past eight years in Drums, Pennsylvania after moving from Sheridan, WY.
Geraldine grew up on a ranch and graduated from Colome High School. After twelve weeks of summer school she started her teaching career which she loved. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD. She received additional education from the University of WY. Her teaching career spanned 42 dedicated years. The first eight years were in SD, five of which were in a one room rural school.
In 1954 she came to Sheridan, WY teaching 25 years at Coffeen and nine years at Meadowlark School. She is listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers" an organization naming the best teachers in America by the best students.
She married I. Richard Martinsen in 1958 and they chose Sheridan as their life long home. This union was blessed with two daughters, Kristy Townsend and Kimberly Sauers. Geri's life was built around her family. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, traveling, camping, reading and needle work.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her loving husband, Richard Martinsen who passed away on September 21, 2013.
Surviving are two daughters Kristy Townsend and her husband Mark, Sheridan, WY; and Kimberly Sauers and her husband Chris, Drums; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two sisters Norma Davis, Gregory, SD; and LaVerna Mateicka and her husband Jim, Winner, SD.
Her funeral will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Masonic Cemetery, Sheridan, WY.
Memorial donations may be made to Camp Bethel, PO Box 70, Dayton, WY 82836 or online at www.mountaintopexperience.org/donate or to an animal shelter of the donor's choice.
Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be entered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com
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