Sep 102009

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Pasiana “Pas” Martinez, 85, a longtime resident of Buffalo, Iowa, will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport.

Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the LULAC Club following the burial. Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home with a rosary being recited. Pas died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf after a 52-year battle with cancer.  

Pasiana Lopez was born on March 9, 1924 in Irapuato Guanajuato, Mexico, a daughter of Fred and Antonia Lopez. She was united in marriage to Frank Martinez on Aug. 2, 1943 in Iowa City. Frank passed away on June 25, 1997. They shared over 54 years of marriage together.

Pas was primarily a homemaker, helping to raise her six children. She was very active in the Buffalo Community, and on the front lines in getting the Buffalo Community Center built. Pas was a founding member of the LULAC Council #10. She also taught many of her friends to drive. Pas enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, knitting, crocheting, playing cards, and was an avid walker. She was a true “social butterfly.” She also loved traveling to see her family throughout the country, and she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pas was very proud of the time she traveled to Des Moines to see Pope John Paul II. Pas was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Buffalo.

Memorials may be made to the LULAC Scholarship Fund or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Pas is survived by her children, Josie (Tyrone) Collins, Blue Grass; Linda (Charles) Qualman, Clinton, Iowa, Eva (Daniel) Gerety, Henderson, Nev., Frank (Rachael) Martinez, Jr., Davenport, Robert (Inez) Martinez, Carson, Calif., and Henry (Connie) Martinez, Davenport, 17 grandchildren 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lus Garcia and a brother, Salvador “Chavo” Lopez, both of Davenport; numerous loving nieces and nephews, and many, many close and dear friends.

Pas was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank, Sr, her parents, sisters, Margaret Vargas and Josephine Jiminez, her brothers, John, Richard, and Adolph Lopez, and two infant brothers, Socorro and Francisco. May they rest in peace.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers whom shared their gifts of compassion and care for Pas during her longtime battle with cancer. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Pas’ obituary at

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