Dorothy J. Martinson 82 of Paynesville died Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Paynesville Hospital. A memorial service will be 10:30 am Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday from 5-8:00 pm at Nordland Lutheran Church and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. www.hafh.org
Dorothy Johnson Martinson died on Tuesday, October 8th after the cancer she triumphed over in 2002 returned with a vengeance. She was born on February 3, 1937 to Clara Johnson. Her father, Edwin Johnson, died before she was born, so she was raised in Paynesville and Minneapolis by her widowed mother, grandmother, and four aunts. Surrounded by strong and independent women, she learned early the importance of resilience, trusting her own strength, and caring for others – lessons she later passed on to her own children. She married Bob Martinson in 1955, and they remained in Paynesville to farm and raise their family.
After Bob’s death in 1982, Dorothy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest State University and began playing golf, which became a favorite hobby. She played an integral role in the expansion of Koronis Hills Golf Course, where she won a club championship and also recorded her first hole-in-one. Nordland Lutheran Church was her spiritual home; she was baptized and remained an active member her entire life, eventually becoming one of the matriarchs of her church family. Her faith was central to her identity, and she was generous with her time, talents, and love. She volunteered with multiple community causes; created countless quilts for friends, family, and those in need; and shared her gift of music throughout her life.
Dorothy is survived by five children: RaNae (Rick), Luke (Laura), Matthew (JoAnn), Katey (Pete), and Sara; as well as seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her partner, Chuck Chesness; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless people who considered her a bonus mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She will be missed, although she was looking forward to being reunited with her husband, mother, sisters, brother, and missing finger.
If you have a quilt that Dorothy made, we invite you to bring it to the funeral and hang it over the pews, as a visual reminder of the love she draped around so many of us.