Catherine Martinez

Catherine G. "Katie" Martinez

Thursday, August 27th, 1931 - Thursday, May 13th, 2021
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Catherine G. “Katie” Martinez, 89, of Palatka, passed from this life on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at her home following an extended illness. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Katie graduated from Florida State University in 1952 with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. A newlywed, Katie and her husband, Daniel A. Martinez then moved to Palatka where she accepted a job teaching at Campbell Elementary School (1952-1955). She then transitioned over to Moseley Elementary School where she taught for 2 years until the birth of their first child. Katie’s role in the family then became the loving mother to their 3 children and supportive wife to her husband Dan who became an executive with Hudson Pulp & Paper / Georgia Pacific Corporation. She would also become involved in the Ladies Guild at St. Monica Catholic Church as well as the GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka. In addition to loving and supporting her children’s various activities throughout the years, Katie enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends and family as well as playing Bridge. She also thoroughly enjoyed traveling and taking cruises with friends and family.
Katie is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Daniel A. “Danny” Martinez of Palatka, 2 sons, David Martinez (Kris) of St. Simons Island, GA, Bruce Martinez of Palm Beach Gardens, a daughter, Arlene Col (Doug) of Johns Creek, GA, a brother, Paul Gatta, Jr. of Plant City and 6 grandchildren, Kyle Martinez (Ellen), Caitlin Burge (Jason), Daniel Carter Martinez (Michaela), Jacob Martinez, Taylor Col and Anna Col.
Services will be at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Father Ron Camarda officiating. Cryptside services and entombment will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. No visitation is scheduled.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to the Haven Foundation, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. .
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Katie’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 | 4:00pm
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 4:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Father Ron Camarda
  • Interment

    Palatka Memorial Gardens
    4070 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Christian Fischer

Posted at 01:09pm
Danny: our sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved wife of 68 years. Condolences to all your family. In eternal friendship: The Fischers

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Marsha Davis-Flowers

Posted at 01:48pm
Dear Dan, I am so sorry to know that your Katie has passed. Please know that you are in my prayers for peace , strength and comfort. She was a beautiful person and such a lady. I always enjoyed talking with her at Rotary. You my friend have set such a wonderful example of love and care to the end. I have so much respect for you. You are loved. Marsha

Debra Casey

Posted at 10:19am
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. You were both blessed to have each other!!
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Love, Kelley L Gatta (neice)

Posted at 08:27am
Uncle Dan and family, Aunt Katie will be missed. We all hold good memories in our hearts . She has moved onto the stars now, shining down upon us.
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Larry & Theresa Monahan

Posted at 08:04am
Deepest condolences to the Martinez family.
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