OBITUARY

Ann Marie Martinson

August 4, 1954February 28, 2019

Ann Marie (Kosten) Martinson passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019 at Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing in Madison, Ohio where she had lived for several years. Ann was born August 4, 1954.Loving niece of Helen (Kosten) Troha and Albert Kosten (JoEllen). Dear cousin and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Kosten, mother Ann (Pinasky) Kosten and daughter Beth Ann (Martinson) Ciarlillo. Ann worked at the Cleveland Clinic as an Information Systems Analyst where she initiated the My Chart program still being used today. She loved horticulture, birds, cats, and spending time with her family. Friends may call at Immaculate Conception Church, 2846 Hubbard Road, Madison, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10am-11am. Mass of Christian Burial to follow. Interment All Souls Cemetery, Chardon OH. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ann Marie’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation www.nationalmssociety.org.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, March 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ann Marie Martinson

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Maralee Koval

March 3, 2019

Anne Marie & I are first cousins (Her dad & my mom were sibs) She was born 2 mos before me & we had a lot of similarities in our lives. We were married within a year of each other; we both had just one child. Anne Marie had a beautiful daughter (Beth Anne) who sadly preceded her mother in death. We both contracted MS with symptoms leading to diagnosis in '87. I was more fortunate in that my MS wasn't as debilitating as hers. We'd talk about our childhood & she said she was often jealous our family was large (6 kids) & she was an only child. I told her I'd always wished I was her sometimes, having my own room, lots of games & living in a quiet home. We compared notes & agreed the best solution'd have been to 'swap out families' (her words) every so often just for fun.

One of my favorite memories was a visit to her home a few years ago. She'd had a pretty bad few days up til then & was 'down in the dumps'. I tried conventional ways to cheer her up & improve her mood but she wasn't having any of it. After about 30 min. where she'd turned down both therapy & lunch I got a bit silly, 'hijacking' Anne Marie by tossing her into a wheelchair & dragging her out to the parking lot where I opened all the car doors, cranked up the stereo to full blast & refused to let her go back in until we'd done some (very loud) singing & 'chair dancing'. At first she begged me to turn down the music, but once she realized I wasn't going to listen she finally gave up trying & got into the spirit. We probably spent a good 90 min. out there shouting lyrics & laughing hysterically. Anne Marie often recalled that day as one of the brightest spots in her memory. (God bless the staff at the home for understanding!). This wasn't the first - or the last - outrageous happenstance between us but it was certainly the most memorable.

I have great faith she is now at peace in a much better place, reunited with her daughter Beth Anne, her mom Ann & her dad, Frank Kosten.

Marcia Reardon

March 3, 2019

Ann-

From the first day we met pledging Alpha Phi at Bowling Green State University. we became life long friends. You were my sister that I never had.

We shared joys and sorrows. I knew you were always there with an open heart.

I will miss our weekly talks but know you are at peace and in a better place.

Love you,

Marcia

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