Martinson, Eva


Eva Martinson, 74, of Winona, died on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Winona Health.

Eva was born on May 22, 1943, in La Crosse, to William and Clara (Ekern) Staack. She graduated from Winona Senior High School. On February 17, 1962, she married Gerald “Jerry” Martinson in Winona. Eva worked as a law enforcement dispatcher for Winona County for 30 years, a job in which she took great pride. Eva and Jerry raised three daughters, Tammy, Kim and Jodi. They enjoyed camping and traveling as a family and with friends. When the nest was empty, Eva and Jerry spent a lot of time on his Harley. After Jerry’s death in 2009, Eva enjoyed decorating, thrifting and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

Eva is survived by her three daughters, Tammy (Tom) Pilgreen and sons, Stephen, Alex and Michael of Memphis, Tenn., Kim (Rob) Lovejoy and daughters, Ana and Ally, of Thief River Falls, Minn., and Jodi Martinson and daughter, Eve, of Winona; sisters, Mae Kramer, of Winona, Lonnie (John) Crooks, of Sparta, Wis., and Kristy (Dan) Theirl, of Sparta, Wis.; brother-in-law, Arlen Martinson, of Viroqua, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Arlys Drazkowski, of Winona, Karen (Allen) Burt, of Minnesota City, Patty Martinson, of Rochester, and Judy Stoltman, of Winona; and many nieces and nephews.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, in 2009; her parents; brothers-in-law, Merlyn Bernamann, Joe Kramer, Mike Mounce, Bill Drazkowski, Art Martinson Jr., and Roger Martinson.

Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Phil Gaddis officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service, all at the funeral home. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share a memory of Eva, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at

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