Diane Martin, 78, Albert Lea

Published 4:23pm Saturday, March 9, 2013

Memorial services for Diane Lucille Martin will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Diane died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Diane Martin
Diane Martin

Diane Lucille Martin was born on March 5, 1935, to Charles and Alice(Schmidt) Coon in Faribault. Diane graduated from Faribault High School and went on to receive her bachelor of science degree in nursing from St. Olaf College. She began working at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea where she met her future husband Jim who had recently been in a farming accident. On Sept. 8, 1963, Diane was united in marriage to James W. Martin at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault. Together they had two children, at that time Diane was a wonderful homemaker. She later worked at St. John’s Lutheran Home for 13 years as a registered nurse. Diane volunteered for Naeve Partners & Health. She was a member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. Diane loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, James “Jim” W Martin of Albert Lea; children, Timothy Martin of Minneapolis and Joel (Susan) Martin of Clarks Grove; grandchildren, Madison and Josh Martin of Clarks Grove; step-grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas and Joshua Beatty; brother, Charles R. Coon of Centennial, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Darlene Coon.