Jean Strevell Martling, 89, of Moscow, Idaho, passed away at Good Samaritan Village on July 12. She was born in Mineola, L.I., New York to the late Harry and Anna Strevell on March 14, 1926. Jean graduated early from Mineola High School, and then worked for Western Electric in New York City during WWII. She met her future husband, William A. Martling, while roller skating. They were married on November 4, 1951 and moved to Florida in 1955, where they raised their five children. She volunteered in the library at Lauderdale Manors Elementary School and was active in St. Clement Catholic Church teaching CCD and volunteering in the school.
Jean was kind and generous and taught compassion, love and empathy to her children by the example of her daily life and, especially, in her devotion to her elderly parents. She was a trooper on our many camping trips. Whether in the back of a revamped, customized-by-Dad Volkswagon van or in the DelRay Camper, Jean always managed to entertain her children, keeping the “are we there yet’s?!” to a minimum and wielding a mean flyswatter when necessary. She has gone to be with her daughter, Karen Martling, who pre-deceased her in 2002. Jean is survived by her husband, Bill, and children, Kathleen Bumgarner and her husband, David; Ellen Jovanovich and her husband, Peter; Dan Martling; Paul Martling and his wife Kristen. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Shaylee Moreland and her husband Robert and their son Micah; Jason Martling; and Morgan Daniels. Jean is also survived by her brother, John Strevell and his wife Jane, of Illinois.
A private funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday July 17, 2015. Inurnment will take place at the Moscow Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department.