Martine “Marty” Genz, age 84 of Barrett, Minnesota, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, at Alexandria Assisted Living.

Private Family Funeral Service will be held with burial at Kinkead Cemetary, Alexandria.

Martine Gregory Genz was born on May 9, 1936, in Rosemount, MN, the son of Carl and Matilda (Beaudette) Genz.  He was baptized on May 21, 1936, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount and confirmed on June 15, 1948.  Marty graduated from Paynesville High School in 1954 and farmed one year by Regal before enlisting with the US Army, serving two years stationed in northern Italy.  After his discharge, he returned to Regal and farmed one more year.

Marty and Verlaine Bahe were married on April 27, 1963, in Minneapolis, MN.  They lived in Minneapolis, where Marty was employed with Honeywell from 1959-67, then moved to Stanley, Wisconsin, where he drove a milk truck for Dolly Madison from 1967-70; he then lived in Sleepy Eye, where he owned and managed a Sears Catalog Store from 1970-93. During the remainder of his time in Sleepy Eye (1993-01), he worked for Sleepy Eye Public Schools. In November 2000, Verlaine passed away, but Marty moved forward with his retirement on June 1, 2001, and his move to Barrett.  Marty loved to watch sports, especially games at the local high school where his kids and grandkids played. Marty took great pride in keeping the Zebras honest. If you ever attended a game with him, this memory should give you a smile and chuckle. Another passion was his love of tractors and farming – going south harvesting with Johnson Harvesting, working part-time at Barrett Farm Supply and making hay in Big Hole Valley in Montana.

He is survived by two daughters: Kim (Randy) Froemming of Barrett, MN, and Kristi (Tim) Luehmann of Minnetrista, MN; daughter-in-law: Sandra Smith of Lynchburg, VA; eight grandchildren: Sara Froemming, Corey Froemming, Jen Froemming, Kyle Luehmann, Ashley Luehmann, Easten Zenzen, Peyton Zenzen, and Avery Zenzen; two great-grandchildren: Lexi and Luke Froemming; two brothers: Clarence Genz of Stacy, MN, and George Genz of Youngtown, AZ; numerous relatives and friends. 

Marty was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Matilda Genz; wife: Verlaine; son: Kurt; and two sisters: Corrine Ruddy and Karlo Genz.

Sympathy cards may be sent to Kristi Luehmann 3410 Hardscrabble Rd N Minnetrista, MN 55364

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or Alex Assisted Living.

Arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake, MN.


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