.Martha (Marte) Joan Carlin.
. March 5, 2013.
(Marte) Joan Carlin, 61, passed from this world on Sunday, March 17,
2013, as she wished, with characteristic grace, surrounded at home by
beloved family and friends, to song and celebration of a life lived
with passion and endless compassion. Marte's spontaneous kindness and
dedication to justice and peace for loved ones and strangers alike
remained steadfast through joyous times and adversity, and will live on
through all whose lives she touched.
Born in Oconto, Wisconsin to the Carlin family of Lena and raised on
the family farm, Marte was 6th of 11 children , preceded in passing by
mother, Mary, father, Robert, sister, Susan Gabriel, and brother,
Robert, and survived by sisters Carol (Charlie) Wilbur, Patricia
(David) Anderson, Mary (John) Drysdale, Jane Carlin, Jean (John)
Bickel, Margaret (John) Knoblauch, Linda (Todd) Heider; brother, Steve
(Karen) Carlin; children, Elizabeth (Kevin) Riebe, Robert Cook and
Noble Carlin Johnson; grandchildren Alexis, Adam and Arron, and
numerous aunts, uncles, cousin, nieces, nephews, dear friends and
special friend, Joe.
Marte's varied pursuits, always centered on serving others, included
working as a legal administrative assistant, nursing assistant, medical
technician, in real estate sales, home architectural design, and was
creator of Door County's first Multiple Listing Service. She was
owner/manager/staff of Oconto's White Cap Café, caretaker
for the elderly, local organizer for several state and national
political campaigns, and playwright/producer.
Her stage play "Haven", won praise in Green Bay, Marinette, DePere and
Eau Claire for portraying the personal casualties and pervasiveness of
domestic abuse. Building on that success, Marte founded "Women Against
Domestic Abuse", where she called on her many acquired skills to
protect and help abused spouses restart their lives, and to advocate
for those marginalized by an often dysfunctional justice system. WADA
served the elderly, disabled and minorities as well, seeking justice
wherever it was found lacking.
As President of WADA, Marte obtained reduced sentencing, exoneration or
release from incarceration for many people left vulnerable by a lack of
legal representation. With sharp investigative skills and critical
analysis, and aided by her friendly spirit and endless determination,
Marte spent years gathering and organizing volumes of documentation and
testimony to overturn a case of wrongful conviction which, based on her
groundbreaking work, is currently being pursued by The Innocence
In Marte's "Choices" program, she reached out to help young people in
student groups throughout Northeast Wisconsin by willingly revealing
wounds to her own heart with her deeply personal presentations about
the devastating effects of drunk driving. Marte also served on the
Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse, helped to establish and support
Green Bay's Multicultural Center, and organized and participated in
numerous peace actions.
While Marte will be dearly missed, her spirit lives on in the untold
number of lives she touched, and continues to make a difference to this
world. No one with difficulties within Marte's reach was ever left
without a helping hand. No one who opened themselves to her spirit can
help but feel that her unconditional love and compassion for all people
is now theirs.
We love you, Marte….more….to infinity!
A life celebration will be held Sunday afternoon, June 9th, at Brown
County Reforestation Camp Lodge, 4418 Reforestation Road, Green Bay
(near New Zoo, Suamico). All-day Marte party, remembrance 1 p.m. - 4
p.m. Share a memory, a story, a song, and a dish to pass. Blaney
Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences,
please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
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