Josephine (Josie) Martinez, age 83, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kansas. Josie was born October 24, 1933 in Merrill, Nebraska, the daughter of Pedro & Dominga (Medina) Hernandez. A resident of Leoti since 1946 moving from Sugar City, Colorado, she was a Nurse Assistant and a homemaker.
Josie was a member of St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church, VFW Auxiliary, and Business and Professional Women, all of Leoti, Kansas. She was also a former 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader and Leoti EMT. She was a founding member of Virgin of Guadalupe in Ordway, Colorado, taught English to the Spanish community, loved to dance, crotchet, and cake decorating.
On June 3, 1961, she married Gregorio (Greg) Martinez at Marienthal, Kansas. Greg passed away on March 2, 2003 in Garden City, Kansas.
Josie’s surviving family includes-
Mark A. Martinez & Pamela Norwood-Aurora, Colorado
Tom C. Martinez & Hilda Chairez-Goshen, Indiana
Greg & Sheryl Martinez, Jr.-Leoti, Kansas
Valerie Martinez-Omaha, Nebraska
Carmen Hernandez-Ordway, Colorado
Raymond Hernandez-Deerfield, Kansas
Lupe Hernandez-Meade, Kansas
Bertha McGann-Palco, Kansas
Connie Maturey-Satanta, Kansas
Theresa Torres-Leoti, Kansas
Mary Hernandez-Satanta, Kansas
Andrea Gerstberger-Alamosa, Colorado
Rosario Klar-Broadus, Montana
Eighteeen grandchildren, Twenty-one great grandchildren
Her parents, husband and three brothers, Nick Hernandez, Paul Hernandez and John Anthony Hernandez precede her in death.
Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church with Father Benjamin Martin officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Marienthal, Kansas.
Friends may call from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Wednesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church, Leoti EMT’s or Wichita County Health Center in care of the funeral home.