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Martin, Charles Blake "Charlie" 64, of Wilmette, IL, died at home on December 19, 2012 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Born in Chicago in 1948 to Charles T. and the late Margaret (Woods) Martin of Winnetka, IL, Charlie grew up in Winnetka. After New Trier High School, he earned an A.B. in history from Grinnell College. During his junior year, he traveled with the St. Olaf College Global Semester program to Ethiopia, India, Thailand and Japan. He received an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School. He also taught children in Geneva, Switzerland and Iran. He spent most of his career at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Charlie loved history and geography and traveled to over 40 countries. Children gravitated to Charlie, and he was a favorite Sunday School teacher. He wrote four children's books, which portray friendship, adventure, and learning new skills. Zir's Journey will be published soon on Amazon. Charlie loved to help people and told jokes in an endearing, infectious way. His deep, lifelong friendships continued through his illness. He is survived by his wife, Liz (née Napier); daughter, Cecily Martin (Hansen Bergamini); son, Carey; grandson, Rafe; father, Charles T. Martin; stepmother, Rachel (Ryan); sister, Mary (Bob) Hetzel; brother, Larry (Raquel Bech); nephew, Dan Hetzel; niece, Jill Hetzel (Ken Hriensaitong); niece, Holly Hetzel; nephew, Andy Martin, and eight cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret (Woods) Martin and his daughter, Lydia. A memorial service will take place on January 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St., Evanston, IL 60201. Information at 847-864-2181 or www.donnellanfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be welcome at Les Turner ALS Foundation (www.lesturnerals.org) or Rainbow Hospice (rainbowhospice.org).
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2013
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