Jean McGregor Kondrat Martensen
Jean McGregor Kondrat Martensen, a loving mother to three children and a champion of arts and social causes in local communities, passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2013, in Riverdale, NY.
Born July 9, 1927, in Pittsburgh, PA, she attended Chatham College and obtained a BA in literature. She married Raymond Robert Kondrat, who was attending the Carnegie Institute of Technology. They moved to Australia in the 1960s, kindling Jean’s innate desire to serve her community. She became involved in the American Field Scholarship Program, served on the Board of the Australian-American Society, and was co-chair of the Australian-American Bi-Centennial. After Ray’s untimely passing, Jean returned to the U.S.
In 1977, she married Lorenz Martensen and settled in Williamsburg, VA. Again heeding the call of service, she took a Board position for the Women in Business program at the College of William and Mary. After moving to Punta Gorda, FL, she served as Executive Director for the Downtown Advisory Board and the Arts and Humanities Council.
Relocating to Glenwood Springs in the late 1990s did not diminish her zeal for service: she was key in the development of the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and served as President of the Board for the Glenwood Springs Art Council. In 1999, she was elected to the City Council, where she served for 4 years. Jean’s own words encapsulate her career: “I encourage every citizen to make a long-term investment in his or her hometown.”
Her husband passed away in 2002, and her daughter, Rebecca Kondrat, in 1987. She is survived by two children, Jeff Kondrat of Brooklyn, NY, and Linda Corcoran of Glenwood Springs, CO. There will be a memorial service for friends and family on May 10-11, 2014 — Mother’s Day. Details will be posted prior. Contact 970-945-0290 for information.
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