In Loving Memory of Jean Dorothy Martin (Extrum) who passed away on January 1, 2018- an indomitable spirit who never stopped fighting.
Jean was born on April 20, 1942, she was preceded in death by parents, Earl and Mary Extrum, former husband, Bob Martin, and nephew, Jeffrey Barratto. She is survived by husband, David Schwartzkopf, sisters, Joanne (John) Barratto, Judy (Larry) Clarkson, brother, James Extrum, children, Deborah (John) Erar, Robert Martin Jr., Michael (Jodi) Martin, Thomas Martin, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.
For over 30 years, Jean was a proud educator and avid supporter of special needs students.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 7th Ave. E., Hibbing, MN 55746. Burial will be held at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. Arrangements entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester, MN.
I also met Jean when I worked at MSAB and she worked tirelessly to make sure that the Teachers of Blind/VI in Minnesota always got the best professional development, superior education, and worked to make sure we held our state to a high standard of rigor in teaching.
At the same time, Jean was quick to laugh and made people feel at home not just during the many conferences and workshops she arranged, but in our 'down time' when we'd get to know each other more personally. Her high standards formed the professional lives of so many! Warm memories of Jean as she moves on.
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I worked with Jean throughout the years As a teacher and coordinator of tra sition services at MSAB. She always found ways to make sure students were given opportunities a nd services so they could become independent adults. I have fond memories of her smile and gentle but strong nature. I will miss her and occasionally catching her in Ely.
I got to know Jean whean she would drive Dave Her husband to Mn Council On Disability mfgs. She was so nice and pleasant to talk too. She was s real advocate for people with distance.
While I only met Jean in person once, at MSAD when I first started working in MN, I have inherited many of the programs and initiatives she worked so hard to establish. Minnesota students with visual impairments and their families have many valuable resources and benefit from a variety of learning opportunities because of Jean's dedication and expertise. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Per deepest sympathy to all the Martins and Schwartzkopf families. Jean was alway a smiling, upbeat lady. She loved her family unconditionally and we know your loss will leave a big void in all your lives. Love and hugs to all of you.
Jim and Sandy Nickolson
Jean was an great advocate for students with vision loss. She served those students, their families and teachers, and the state of Minnesota well.
Jean has been a friend for more than 40 years. We spent a lot of time together in our professional world, but had a lot of fun personally. The world is a little more empty without her smile.
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