Martin, Holly Kay


Holly Kay Martin, 57, of Ettrick, Wis., and formerly of Minnesota City, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Gundersen Health System. She was born on December 7, 1961, in Winona, to Merlin and Anita (Ahrens) Lafky. Holly grew up in Lewiston, graduating from Lewiston High School then attending Rochester Technical College to become a dental assistant. On July 24, 1982, she married Richard “Rick” Martin and they were married until he passed away on July 26, 2011. Holly worked as a dental assistant and office manager at Walnut Street Dental for over 30 years until her retirement in 2017. In 2014 she met Gene Berg and from there, their adventurous relationship began. She enjoyed baking, hiking, camping, and being outdoors.

She is survived by her daughter, Mercedes Martin; partner, Gene Berg; mother, Anita Lafky; siblings, Kelly Lafky and Cameron (Robin) Lafky; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rick; and father, Merlin.

Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 222 East Broadway, Winona, with Rev. Rachel Riggle officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, with a prayer service following. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Please leave a memory of Holly and view her video tribute when it becomes available at Hoff Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family.

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