Marca Bristo

Jun 23, 1953 – Sep 8, 2019 (Age 66)


Marca Bristo, advocate for the disabled, who championed the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago, after a battle with cancer. She was 66. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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It takes special people to do special things. Special people know how to take a bad experience and turn it into something good not just for themselves but for others also. Thats exactly what Mrs Bristo did. We might not of had the Disability Act without her accident her persistence and her courage. We thank her for that. To Mrs Bristos husband and her children I offer my sincere condolences. May God continue to be with the family.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for her perseverance for non discrimination against disabled ones and also making history. May you find strength and comfort in God during this time of mourning.

Marca/Marcia was my cousin. I hadn't seen her since we were 15 but we kept in touch sporadically. Some of the best times of my childhood were at the farm in Castleton. The city cousin with the country cousin. I'm so sorry your time here was short. You will be missed by so many...

Marca was one of a kind. She was the bravest woman I knew. She tooled around downtown Chicago in her wheelchair like it was nothing. She was never afraid to be hit by cars as far as I could tell - she just went around and did her business. It was a gift to know Marca. I am very proud to call her my friend. I think about her every day and all the accomplishments she gave to the world.

My deepest condolences to the Bristo family, so sorry for your loss. The word work of Marca will not be forgotten, so many owe her so much.

Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. We know that you all are so very proud of Marcas great accomplishments!. She certainly left a wonderful legacy touching the lives of so many!

DT, Jackson Mississippi

My deepest sympathies are extended to the Bristo family. Marca will always be an inspiration for those with and without disabilities. She made remarkable strides to better the lives of disabled Americans. I am truly saddened for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you all.

Marca Bristo (to right viewing side) 1954