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Olga Martinez

March 10, 1933 — February 25, 2024

St. Johns

     Olga Martinez passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 90 years old on Sunday, February 25, 2024, in Saint Johns, Michigan.

      Olga was born March 10, 1933 in Monterrey, the capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León. As the daughter of Juanita Maciel Mascareño, from her earliest days Olga was known for her beauty, grace, and gentle spirit.

       She eventually came to the United States where she met and fell in love with Ignacio Martinez, Sr. They married on April 15, 1946, and were blessed with 63 years of marriage prior to his passing on December 9,

2009.   Olga’s life is a testament to one of generosity, selflessness, and work ethic.

      She was an active member of the community as part of the Virgen de Guadalupe Guild at St. Joseph’s church where she would lead monthly rosaries, help with funeral dinners, and support outreach efforts to the local Hispanic community. She was also very involved with the Clinton County migrant program, and in the summer months, she worked alongside her children and family at the Livingston Farms fields in Saint Johns. Above all else, Olga cherished her role as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend.

      Olga is survived by her beloved nine children: Ignacio “Joe”; Jr. (Karen) Martinez, Juanita (Ramiro) Ferreira, Ricardo (Brenda) Martinez, Rosa (Daniel) Fedewa, Gilbert (Brenda) Martinez, Sally (Frank) Sanchez,  Elvira (Jeff) Jones, Reuben (Pamela) Martinez, Marty (Linda) Martinez, and daughter-in-law Gianna Martinez; in addition to, 57 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, brother Ruben Zarazua, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ignacio Martinez, Sr., son Carlos Martinez and siblings Elvira, Lupe, and Maximo.  Olga’s legacy will live on in the hearts of her family and all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her spirit will continue to shine brightly, gently guiding us to remember to live a life of kindness and love.

      A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Olga’s life will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 Linden St, St Johns, MI 48879, with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.  On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, a visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., including a vigil service at 6 p.m. and the rosary prayed at 7 p.m.

      In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hazel Findlay Country Manor, 1101 S. Scott Rd. St. Johns, MI 48879. The organization provided much care and comfort to Olga and her family for the past 13 years and during her final days. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

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Visitation

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Johns

104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

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Vigil

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Starts at 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

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104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

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Rosary

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Johns

104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

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A Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

109 Linden St, Saint Johns, MI 48879

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Burial

Thursday, February 29, 2024

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