Diane Martinez
Diane Martinez

Obituary of Diane Frances Martinez

Diane Frances Martinez, 77, of St Petersburg, Florida, transitioned to Heaven on January 7, 2022. Diane was born in 1944 to Laurence and Donna Blesie in St. Petersburg. She spent many of her childhood years living overseas in Japan and England, where her father was stationed as a pilot in the Air Force. She attended high school in Sherman, Texas, north of Dallas, where she met her future husband, Joel. Diane graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1962. Soon thereafter, she enrolled in a convent with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany in upstate New York before switching her life’s path to medicine and children. She then earned her nursing degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1964 and worked as an RN at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. In 1971 she married Joel Martinez. Years later, she combined her talents as a homemaker and nurse to run a daycare for infants and preschoolers. She always had a long waiting list! Diane was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Bible study, and traveling. A beloved mother and wife, she is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joel G. Martinez; her brother, Garry (Deborah) Blesie, of Palm Harbor; her daughter, Carmen (Andrew) Needham, of St Petersburg; and her son, Matthew (Jennifer) Martinez, of Palm Harbor; and four grandchildren: Russell and Leah Needham, and Aidan and Ethan Martinez.   Diane’s visitation is on Wednesday, January 19, 3:00-5:00 pm, at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home. Her funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 11:00 am, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo. Following Mass, all are invited to gather for a luncheon in the church hall. The cemetery service is on Monday, January 24, 11:00 am, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. visitation Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm R Lee Williams Funeral Home 3530 49th St N St Petersburg 727-527-1177 funeral service/catholic mass Thursday, January 20, 2022 11:00 am St Matthew Catholic Church 9111 90th Ave Largo 727-393-1288 Cemetery SERVICE Monday, January 24, 2022 11:00 am Bay Pines National Cemetery 10000 Bay Pines Blvd. Bay Pines, Florida
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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
R Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home
3530 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, January 20, 2022
St. Matthew Catholic Church
9111 90th Avenue North
Largo, Florida, United States


11:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, January 24, 2022
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
Bay Pines, , Florida, United States
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