Martha Alberta “Marti” Zitzner, age 76, of Rural Viroqua, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on July 27th, 2020. She was born on June 26, 1944 to the late Emmett and Alma (Thompson) Peterson. She attended & graduated from Viroqua High School in 1962. She attended college at Western Technical Institute in La Crosse. On November 13, 1965 she married James E. Davis and were later divorced. On July 31, 1976 she married Thomas R. Zitzner in Viroqua. She worked at various Nursing homes, Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, Vernon Memorial Hospital and dairy farming with Tom. After selling the dairy herd she then worked at Blumenthal Lansing Company until her retirement. Tom, Marti, Jason, and Dana continued to crop farm. She was an active member of Liberty Pole Methodist Church, United Methodist Woman, Naomi Circle, Cottonwood Cooks Homemakers, Mothers League bowling team, and Mississippi Red Hat Mamas. Together Marti and Tom raised three children and enjoyed spending time with her nine grandchildren. Of all things she enjoyed doing, being a grandmother was her pride and joy. Her grandchildren held a very important place in her heart. Her grandchildren were her greatest accomplishments in her life often sharing many pictures and stories to whomever she would meet. She also enjoyed many outings with Tom to meet up with friends, traveling out west, sister retreats, watching her “stories”, dancing, camping and hosting family gathering at the family farm. Marti was the ultimate giver of love to all.
She is survived by her loving husband Tom; children Corey (Karla) Davis, Dana (Jason) Hohlfelder, Amber (Scott) Bush; grandchildren Ryan, Maia and Evan Davis; Kenna, Caitlyn, Natalie and Brynley Hohlfelder; Garrison and Rossi Bush; siblings Laura (Chuck) Lancrete; Laureen “Rena” Schaffer; Mary Settles-(Kevin) Kroeplin; Daniel (Julianna) Peterson, Steven (Mary Ellen) Peterson; Stewart (Marla) Peterson; Nancy (John Bjerke) Bekkedal; in-laws Kathleen Gaynor; Martine (Dave) Fezler; Merlin (Jenele) Zitzner. She was preceded in death by Parents: Emmett and Alma Peterson; Brothers: Arden and Dale Peterson; In-laws Kenneth & Harriett Zitzner, Brothers-in-law: David and Howard Zitzner and David Gaynor and Ralph Schaffer.
Family and friends may call from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 31st, 2020 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Private family services will take place on the Zitzner Family Farm with Pastor Pam Harkema officiating. Burial will take place in the Liberty Pole Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
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