We won’t say when, but Jean was born in Morris, Minnesota and grew up on a farm south of Glenwood, Minnesota and graduated from Glenwood High School. Jean attended the Alexandria Vocational Technical College after high school. She is married to Allen Marthaler who was from Melrose and they have lived in St. Joseph since 1971. They have two grown children, Amy and Jeff.
Working at Kay’s Kitchen has always been a main part of Jean’s life and it has been a joy for her to go to work knowing there are always friendly customers to greet, serve and visit with. Another main interest for Jean is helping others with their ancestry. Most of the research Jean does is with Norwegian ancestry, but she has also done other genealogy research. Working with genealogy has led to a number of visits to Norway which Jean thoroughly enjoys.
She looks forward to Kay’s Kitchen again being a vibrant and much welcomed part of the St. Joseph community. It will be a joy for her to again meet each and every customer and to welcome them as a part of Kay’s Kitchen community.