1937 - 2016
Yvonne Marie Martens, M.D., 79, of Pekin, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at her west coast residence in Tiburon, Calif.
She practiced as a psychiatrist in Pekin after her internship at Highland-Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles, Calif.
Born June 10, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Sylvester A. and Bernice Kruse Stanislawski. She married Albert Joseph Martens July 16, 1966, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Surviving are her younger sister, Carol S. Ricci, Ph.D. of Moraga, Calif.; two nieces, Nicole Ricci McNelly, J.D. and Lisa Stanislawski; one nephew, Jeffrey Stanislawski; grandniece, Sloane McNelly; and two grandnephews, Murdoch McNelly and Frazer McNelly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her older brother, Ralph Stanislawski; and her husband, Albert J. Martens, M.D.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., Dr. Martens was class valedictorian both at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School and at Riverside High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in 1959 and her medical degree in 1962 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Dr. Martens was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, A.O.A., and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Martens was an avid figure skater and spent many winters ice skating on the Milwaukee River with her younger sister and older brother. She also enjoyed playing the piano, gardening and home decorating. With her husband, mother and niece, Nicole Ricci, Yvonne became a world traveler and visited many areas of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Martens spent her retirement years traveling between Pekin, Ill., Vail, Colo., and Tiburon, Calif.; she thoroughly enjoyed going to operas, stage plays and ballets in San Francisco.
Her visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with recitation of the Rosary at 3:30 p.m.
Her funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, with Father Michael Andrejek as celebrant.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 303 S. Seventh St., Pekin, IL 61554.
To offer condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.