November 29, 1932 - August 7, 2019
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, California
JoAnne Swenson Martin was born November 29, 1932. A lifetime resident of Salinas, she attended Salinas High School and Hartnell College. She married Charles Alsberge in 1952 and together had 6 children. She later married Eugene “Marty” Martin in 1973 and embraced 3 stepchildren.
Professionally, she co-founded Coast Carpet Installation Service where she managed scheduling with several flooring retailers across the Central Coast. Later, she enjoyed a long career as a medical receptionist working for her dear friend, Dr. Thomas O’Neil. She loved sharing her medical knowledge with anyone, which earned her the loving moniker Dr. JoAnne by her family.
JoAnne instilled many necessary values to her family. Following her example, they carry on her humility, resiliency, kindness and most of all a high level of integrity. She was a gifted storyteller, much like her father, and had an amazing ability to brighten anyone’s day by telling a story without maligning anyone. Her keen sense of humor and endearing magnetism will be in the memory of anyone who knew her. She and Marty enjoyed time camping on their property in Klamath Falls, Oregon, vacationing in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe/Reno, and Branson and especially looked forward to their annual New Year’s trip to Morro Bay.
While she was a legendary procrastinator, her sharp wit always pointed out that any problem would usually take care of itself by simply waiting it out. She was a proud daily grocery shopper and great cook, and had no issue serving dinners at 8 pm. Despite this, her family always gathered for dinner and sat around the table to discuss each day’s events. Family time was one of her biggest priorities. There is no doubt this was passed on from her mother and father who hosted every family holiday celebration, weddings and countless other gatherings at the Swenson Cabin in Arroyo Seco.
Also imparted by her parents, JoAnne had a lifelong love for animals including her beloved horse, Flash. Having passed this passion on to her daughters she often ended up adopting stray cats and dogs.
JoAnne was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Eugene “Marty” Martin, her son Walter Alsberge, her parents Walter and Bessie Swenson and sister Yvonne Alarid,
She is survived by daughters, Linda (Kevin) White of Aptos, Judy (David) Berry of Thousand Oaks, Lisa (Mark) McShane of Hollister, Carole Cook of Salinas and son, Jeff (Toni) Alsberge of Monterey. Her stepchildren include Mike (Susan) Martin, Debbie (Gerry) Giandominico and Cathy Campbell all of Sacramento. JoAnne had 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Celebration of Life will be held 1:00p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Sainas, CA. 93901.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, SPCA of Monterey County or your favorite charity.
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