Bernadine L. Marteness

January 13, 1928January 1, 2014

Bernadine L. Marteness, age 85 of Green Valley, formerly of Morton, passed away and went to be with the Lord Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. at Mason City Area Nursing Home in Mason City.

She was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Peoria to Cleo and Mamie (Hodson) Stout. She married Marion “Sonny” Marteness June 11, 1948 in East Peoria. He passed away Feb. 26, 2010 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Dorothy King and Elsie Stout.

Survivors include one son, Clifton (Linda Yerby) Marteness of Peoria, one daughter, Diane (Jerry) Sassman of Green Valley, nine grandchildren: Michael, Michelle, Sara, Jason, Bradley, Joe, Amanda, Heather, Brandon, fifteen great-grandchildren, one sister, Delores Danz of Hillpoint, Wis, and several nieces and nephews.

Bernadine was a Computer Operator in the parts department for 37 years at Caterpillar, Inc., Morton, retiring in the early 1980’s.

She was a Charter Member at Bethany Missionary Church in East Peoria where she was also the church organist and pianist. She last attended Sand Ridge Community Church in Topeka, IL. She also volunteered her time at the South Side Mission.

Bernadine enjoyed working in her beautiful flower beds, sewing and music. She was a wonderful, loving mother, always willing to help someone in need. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Missionary Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the South Side Mission.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bernadine L. Marteness

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January 12, 2014

Dear Diane and Family,
So very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Bernie was a lovely ladie and I enjoyed being involved in the music program with her. I enjoyed giving her rides and having fun talk sessions. She was a joy to be with. I will miss her but do have lovely memories. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Lori Rider

Joy Claassen

January 8, 2014

Bernadine played the organ for some of my solo's at Bethany Missionary Church. She was a gracious lady and I enjoyed knowing her.

Terry Schmidgall

January 5, 2014

Sorry for your loss! She was a great
lady. I worked with her in the high-rise
storage systems at Cat. in the late 70's
and early 80's until she retired. She
was a very nice and pleasant co-worker.

Karen Shuflat

January 4, 2014

I have many wonderful memories of precious times spent with my aunt Bernadine. Some of favorite childhood memories are of those times. She was always there for me when I grew up and moved back to the Peoria area. She helped me get my first job working at St. Francis Hospital, which ultimately encouraged me to continue school , and lead me to my career working with premature babies. She helped me find my first apartment, first car, was there for the birth of my first daughter, and the list goes on and on. That was the kind of giving, loving, and special person she was. It was a large part of forming the person I am today, and I thank her, and love her for all she did. She was one of the most full of life people I have ever come in contact with. That is one of the most important things that I remember about her. She will be missed greatly by my family, and all the other lives she has touched.