Marion F. Martinmaas 1925 – 2018

POLO, SD – Marion Martinmaas, 93, of Polo, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Faulkton Healthcare Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Christopher Hughes, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. A liturgical wake will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018 with visitation one hour prior, all at St. Liborius Church, Polo.

Marion Francis was born March 16, 1925, to Emil and Francis (Cmejla) Kolda of Polo and grew up on a farm two miles west and one mile south of Polo. She and her older brother Joe were eighth grade graduates of country school. Marion then attended Fairview High School and graduated in 1943. She worked alongside her parents and brother Joe on the family farm. She married Victor Martinmaas on February 20, 1946, in a double ring ceremony with brother Joe and his wife, Agnes. Vic and Marion established a farm four miles west and one and one-half miles south of Polo where they raised their family and worked the land.

Marion was an avid gardener and excellent seamstress and quilter. Her kitchen was always filled with delightful odors with her expertise in baking and cooking. She was especially noted for her homemade breads, Bohemian kolaches and delicious pies. Marion was a woman of deep faith and had a generous heart. She was a loyal member of St. Liborius Catholic Church of Polo, the St. Liborius Altar Society and the Polo-Orient Catholic Daughters of America. She and Vic loved to dance and rarely missed an opportunity to get out onto the dance floor. They also loved fishing and camping, traveled extensively and were members of the Tri-State Good Sam group. Marion enjoyed playing cards with their “sheephead friends” and spending time with family and friends.

Marion’s memory will be cherished by her children: Donna (LeRoy) Schaefers and their children: Anita Nelson, Darrell (April) Schaefers, Tony (Brenda) Schaefers, Jennifer (Scott) Gibson, Andrew (Angela) Schaefers and Sarah (Tom) Schuster; Linda Leddy and her children: Andrea (John) Gerke, Paul (Jannel) Brueggeman, Amy (Matt) Douglas, and Dan (Liza) Brueggeman; Charles (Rosemary) Martinmaas and their children: Jared Martinmaas, Melissa (Tim) Quinn, and Curt Martinmaas; Marilyn Burckhard and her children: Shawn (Joy) Burckhard and Erin Burckhard; and Kenneth (Theresa) Martinmaas and their children: Andy (Rickkie) Martinmaas, Grant Martinmaas and Weston (Harley Lindell) Martinmaas; sister-in-law, Agnes Kolda; brother-in-law, Edward (Delores) Martinmaas; sisters-in-law: Marge (Carl) Durfee, Bev Martinmaas and Celesta (Sally) Martinmaas; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; an infant son; her parents; brother, Joe; sisters-in-law: Carol Naber, Lois Martinmaas, and Elfrieda Martinmaas; brothers-in-law: Gerald Martinmaas, Robert Martinmaas Werner Martinmaas Jr; and two great-grandchildren.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Marion’s arrangements. Visit