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Paulene Carol Martin

Paulene Carol Martin, 67 of International Falls, Minn. died on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 6, 1947, at Bagley, Minn. to Harvey and Fern Churness. Paulene was baptized on June 5, 1949, at Clearbrook Lutheran Church and later confirmed on May 27, 1962, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Two Harbors, Minn.

Paulene graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1965.

In Oct. of 1966, Paulene was set up on a blind date with Dennis Martin; they were united in marriage ninety days later on Jan. 7, 1967, at Jordan, Minn.

Paulene and Dennis shared a special life together raising three daughters and working alongside each other at several radio stations that Dennis managed throughout the years. Most recently, at KGHS-KSDM in Int'l Falls; although, it was Albert Lea, Minn. that was always considered the family home. Their career also took them to Hibbing, Minn., Fort Dodge, Iowa, Brainerd, Minn. and Fergus Falls, Minn.

Paulene was most proud of her family and always enjoyed visits with her children, grandchildren and other members of her extended family. Her hobbies included cooking and baking and she truly enjoyed all kitchen activities with all her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Jaren Rae Martin; and a brother, Mark Churness.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dennis Martin of Int'l Falls, daughters, Jolene (Steve) Svendsen of Albert Lea, Minn.; Janelle (Gary) Turbett of Albert Lea; and Jillan (Marshall) Doyle of Clarkfield, Minn., grandchildren, Joshua; Brandon; Shea; Blake; Drew; Brett; and Emma, brothers, Mike (Jaren) Churness of Two Harbors; and Mitch (Nancy) Churness of Two Harbors, sisters, Charline (Vern) Hentz of Minneapolis; Robin (Greg) Hanson of Two Harbors; and Leslie (Gary) Carlson of Two Harbors, brother-in-law, Gene (Cheryl) Martin of Belle Plaine, Minn., sister-in-law, Diane Martin of Shakopee, Minn. and several very special nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Rainy Lake Medical Center Chemotherapy Department, Healthline Homecare and North Star Hospice for the special care given to Paulene.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 601 4th Avenue, Two Harbors, Minn. with Rev. John Dietz officiating.

Interment will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.