"Though she be but little, She is fierce." This describes our mom, sister, and grandma perfectly.
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Irene Leondina Martinson was born January 9, 1928 in Golden Valley, North Dakota to Daniel and Matilda Meissel. She had one brother, Alvin (deceased) and two sisters, Esther (deceased) and Charlotte. She married Frank Kruse on December 24, 1946 and later divorced. She married Swen Martinson December 9, 1962. Swen passed April 10, 1970. She raised eight children on her own.
She is survived by her children: Frank (Dona), Alvin (Lorena), Miles (Debbie), Lori (Bill), Ledson, Doug, and Keith (Kelly). Her daughter Diane, passed in 2016. Her grandchildren include Nicole (Russ), Darin (deceased), Mike (Trish), Jennifer (James), Danielle (Chad), Nathan (Amber), Derek (Allison), Jeremy (Danielle), Dana (Eric), Brandy (Brandon), Richard, Jamie, Stefani (Tim), and Ryan (Justice). She has 28 great grandchildren, one deceased great grandchild, several special nieces and nephews, as well as countless grandpuppies.
She was a spitfire with the biggest heart. She loved all of God's creatures, especially dogs, stray cats, and even bugs. She made hand stitched gifts for others and extravagant wedding dresses for dolls. She even made clothes for her cats! She loved fried chicken and Seagram’s 7. She also loved Beavis and Butthead, soap operas, donuts, chocolate and Charlie Scheen.
She enjoyed road trips to Bozeman and Terry, Montana while making pit stops along the way for a slice of pie and some coffee. She also enjoyed shopping for treasures at the local thrift stores and dollar stores. Her "Avon Lady" was always just a phone call away.
Family meant everything to her and family was the reason for her longevity. When family would visit, she would often say, "I got something for you!" She would disappear briefly and return with some sort of gift.
Her most unforgettable birthday celebrations were held at Oktoberfest German Restaurant where Irene made the most memorable friendships while listening to some of her favorite songs being played on the accordion.
She passed September 15, 2020.
Irene always told us, "Don't say goodbye, say see you later."
See you later! Your family loves you very much!