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Obituary of Delora Kaye Martinson

Delora Kay Martinson

(nee Reingardt)

Delora Kay Martinson, age 86, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL.  She was born at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, IL on August 5, 1931, the daughter of the late Ralph and Bertha (nee Kirkpatrick) Reingardt.  Delora lived in Waterman, IL until the age of 5, and then moved to Aurora, IL where she attended Mary A. Todd Elementary School and graduated from West Aurora High School, Class of 1949.  She married the love of her life, A. G. “Al” Martinson, in 1964.  Delora worked at Lutz & Grometer for 5 years before spending her career at the Metropolitan Life Insurance district office where she retired as an Office Manager after 40 years of dedicated service.   She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora where she did volunteer work and was a member of Fox Valley Animal Welfare. 

She was preceded by her husband Al (1979); her parents; and her nephew, Todd Anderson (2006).

Delora is survived by her beloved sister, Marsha Lee Reingardt Courtney of Aurora, IL; her niece, Laurie Conte of San Jose, CA; great nephews, DeWayne and Jason Conte; a great niece, Brandi Anderson; her adopted daughters, Mimi (David) Keller of Green Bay, WI and Crystal (Rollin) Richman of Kalamazoo, MI; and her faithful feline companion, “Baby”.

As it was Delora’s request, services will be private and cremation rites have been accorded.  Interment has taken place at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to Fox Valley Animal Welfare, 11 John Street, North Aurora, IL 60542, would be appreciated.   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL.  For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at