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Martha Carlin

Martha (Marte) Joan Carlin, 61, passed away on Sunday, March 17 surrounded by her family.

The 6th of 11 children born to Robert and Mary Carlin, she was raised on the family farm in Lena.

Her varied pursuits 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 Caf, 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, De Pere and Eau Claire for portraying the personal casualties and pervasiveness of domestic abuse. Building on that success she 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, she 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, she 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 Project.

In her "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. She 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.

She is survived by three children, Elizabeth (Kevin) Riebe, Robert Cook and Noble Carlin Johnson; three grandchildren; seven sisters, Carol (Charlie) Wilbur, Patricia (David) Anderson, Mary (John) Drysdale, Jane, Jean (John) Bickel, Margaret (John) Knoblauch, Linda (Todd) Heider; a brother, Steve (Karen) and numerous aunts, uncles, cousin, nieces, nephews, dear friends and special friend, Joe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susan Gabriel and a brother, Robert.

A life celebration will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 9 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.


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