Anna Katherine Martensen

Published 7:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Katherine Martensen, age 98, of New Orleans, LA, formerly of Picayune, MS, who passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in New Orleans, LA, will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 11:00 am, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Burial will follow at New Palestine Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Harold.

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After her burial, a celebration of her life will be held at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Hall. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Reverend John Noone will officiate the service, assisted by Deacon Doug McNair.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

Katherine was born December 4, 1919, in Westonia, MS, to Louis and Nellie Summers and grew up in Logtown, MS. When World War II began, the family was living in Meridian, and Katherine became a Rosie The Riveter at Key Field.

Katherine was the beloved wife of the late Harold Martensen, Sr.

She is survived by her children: Kathi (Lou Irwin) Martensen of New Orleans, LA; Buddy (Brenda) Martensen of Corinth, TX; Lou (Pam) Martensen of Oklahoma City, OK; and Bernell Martensen of Long Beach, MS; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Mamie McRee of Picayune, MS and Vinette (Dave) McClain of Merritt Island, FL; her brother: Russell (Mary) Summers of Lake Hillsdale, MS; her sister-in-law: Fannie Summers of Picayune, MS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Katherine was a devoted member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was involved in many volunteer activities in the community. She loved Picayune and took great pride in telling everyone she met that she was from Picayune, MS. Katherine was very out-going and made many friends at the Lakeview Shepherd Center in the three years she lived in New Orleans. She enjoyed going to museums, concerts, and restaurants, but she always missed Picayune and her many friends here. She was very proud that the Picayune School System awarded her an honorary diploma at a ceremony at the Shepherd Center in 2017, since she had left high school in the eleventh grade to help support her family during the Depression.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Legacy Hospice, her Eucharistic Minister Regina Douvillier, and her private caretakers, Felicia Foster and Terri Truitt.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Lakeview Shepherd Center, or the National Kidney Foundation.