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Harriet Martinsen

January 26, 1935 — August 28, 2022

Harriet Darlene Martinsen of Monona, WI, formerly of Wausau, WI, died on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, WI.

Harriet was born January 26, 1935, in Richland Center, WI to the late George and Bernice (Sandmire) Thompson.

In 1956, Harriet married Raymond “Charlie” Martinsen at St. Francis Xavior Catholic Church in Merrill.

Harriet was a wonderful baker and she enjoyed sharing her delicious desserts with family and friends. Her banana bread recipe, in particular, will be passed down for years to come. Harriet was also an avid reader. She especially loved visiting used bookstores with her son.

Harriet is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Michele Martinsen of Madison WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie, along with dear family members Lee and Lynn Thompson, James and Cleo Thompson, and Alice and Huntz Janisch.

A private family burial will be held at a later date.


Of course
I wonder about
the mystery
that is surely up there
in starry space
and how some part of me
will go there at last

But I am talking now
of the way the body speaks
and the wind, that keeps saying,
firmly, lovingly,

a little while and then this body
will be stone; then
it will be water; then
it will be air.

-Mary Oliver

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