TRAVERSE CITY — Lisa Linda Martinek, age 48, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, surrounded by people she loved and who loved her, at Munson Medical Center.
Lisa was born Dec. 4, 1965, in Montana, to Julius and Norma (Collie) Martinek. Her father was superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. She moved with her family to Michigan when her father was assigned to open Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Lisa had a very interesting childhood. No one ever tired of hearing Lisa recount her wonderful memories of growing up in such an outstanding environment. While Lisa lived elsewhere at times, most notably Idaho, she always considered Northern Michigan the place she belonged, especially Leelanau County, where in her opinion was the greatest place to be.
Lisa had an excellent sense of style and taste. When asked what kind of music she liked her answer was, “The good kind.” Her music collection showed it. It didn’t matter if it was classical or rock ‘n roll, it was always good.
Lisa was an avid reader since childhood. She attended college for a time but if you asked where she received her education her reply would be, “I’m still receiving it.” Challenging Lisa to a round of Trivial Pursuit would’ve been a mistake!
Preceding her in death were her parents, of whom she was very proud and blessed to have in her life.
Lisa is survived by a brother, Steve Martinek, of Frankfort, of whom she often spoke fondly; extended family of the heart, Dan (Melissa) Milesi, Richard DeWitt, Anna Fuller, Kathy Henry and John (Nicole) Powell, all of whom feel fortunate to have had the privilege of sharing Lisa’s rich and interesting life.
She will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.