[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 13:09:49 :

Marin Independent journal
December 1, 1990

Edith Marie Martinelli
Retired nurse

Edith Marie Martinelli, a retired nurse and a Marin County resident for 61 years, died at home in San Rafael on Monday, Nov. 19, 1990. She was 93.

Mrs. Martinelliís mother and father immigrated to Santa Maria, Calif., from Switzerland. They farmed alfalfa and walnuts and tended a herd of dairy cows. Mrs. Martinelli was born in Santa Maria.

As a young girl, Mrs. Martinelli began oil painting, specializing in farm scenes and Yosemite National Park vistas. But she had to give up that hobby because the heat in Santa Maria caused the oil paint to run down the canvasses, said her daughter, Paula Lee of San Francisco.

When Mrs. Martinelli was about 20 years old, she came to San Francisco and trained to be a nurse at French Hospital Nursing School. Upon graduation, she worked for French Hospital, eventually attaining the position of nursing supervisor of surgery.

Her career at French Hospital lasted 11 years. She left to become a mother and homemaker after marrying her husband, George Martinelli. The Martinellis then moved to Marin County, where Mr. Martinelli, a butcher, went to work for a shop in San Anselmo.

Mr. and Mrs. Martinelli were married for 50 years. George Martinelli died in 1978.

Even after leaving the nursing profession, Mrs. Martinelli retained a nurseís instincts: During World War II, she and her daughter folded bandages to be sent to the U.S. Troops overseas. They also tended a large victory garden in back of the Martinelli home on Greenfield Avenue in San Rafael.

Mrs. Martinelli was a member of Saint Rafaelís in San Rafael for 60 years. She was an avid gardener, and for many years was secretary for the San Rafael chapter of the Sons of Italy.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Martinelli is survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Dec. 8, 19990 at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. Burial will follow the services.

The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Marin Aid To Retarded Children and Guidedogs For The Blind.

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