Martha “Marti” Lundin passed over on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at home in Bemidji MN.
Services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji with Pastor Corey Fuhrman officiating. The Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji assisted the family. The family requires masks to be worn.
Born Jacqueline Lee Halliwill in St. Paul on September 29, 1950, she was adopted by George and Sylvia Seeley in November of 1950, named Martha Marie Seeley, and grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota, enjoying time on the lake with her younger sister Ann, born in 1954. Marti, Ann and Sylvia, wearing their white cotton gloves, faithfully sat in the left back pew at Faith Lutheran Church every Sunday. Sylvia taught her girls the neighborly values such as bringing a hotdish new community members, volunteering for the church and helping those in need.
After graduating from Forest Lake High School, Marti attended Rochester Community College and Minneapolis Business College, and worked for the Pillsbury Company in downtown Minneapolis. For a time, Marti’s adventuresome and fearless spirit led her into some exciting incursions away from her upbringing, including a few months in a sect in Hollywood CA.
She met Paul Lundin in Minneapolis and they married on May 13, 1978, in Long Lake Minnesota. They moved from Minneapolis to a rustic cabin in Bemidji a couple of days later, enjoying boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and hiking through the woods with their dogs. Marti worked for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Cass Lake, Beltrami County Public Health, Bemidji State University and the American Lung Association while Paul pursued a forestry career with Beltrami County. Two boys joined their family, Erik Edward in 1987 and Alexander Andrew in 1992, adding much joy to their lives. Fishing, hiking, school sports, and trips to Orlando, Alaska, Yellowstone, the Black Hills, and Las Vegas provided a variety of adventurous experiences for their family.
After her first career in Accounting, Marti pursued a B.S. in Community Health at Bemidji State University and graduated with Honors. She worked on asthma prevention and clean air polices, co-founding a successful non-profit--the Beltrami Tobacco Education and Awareness Movement (B-TEAM) and later Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life (B-WELL). Marti and the B-TEAM were instrumental in passing one of the first clean air policies for the County, which set a precedent for the state. Her volunteer work including serving on boards: the Beltrami Humane Society, Harmony Natural Foods, First Lutheran Church Social Justice Committee. She served as a 4-H leader, provided budgeting assistance for Habitat for Humanity, and in her retirement tutored elementary school students in reading.
Marti enjoyed many outdoor activities including gardening, biking, walking, kayaking and indoor hobbies of knitting, reading, and folk-art painting. In her retirement she taught Tai Chi and classes in balance for Seniors and studied rosemaling.
In her 60’s she found half-siblings through DNA testing and was able to meet several of them. Marti is survived by her husband Paul of Bemidji, sons Erik (Megann) of Glyndon and Alex of Bemidji and Washington DC, sister Georgia Ann Bergin (Tim) of East Gull Lake, Nephew Ryan (Lisa) of Tonka Bay Minnesota and niece Jenna (David) of Brainerd, half-sister Laura Waller of Elk Grove, CA, half-brothers Patrick (Kathy) Carpenter of Spokane and Ken (Sherry) Carpenter of the Seattle area, and half-sister Karen (John) Gregos of Portland. She was preceded in death by her parents and birthparents.
Memorials may be directed toward the Bemidji Food Shelf, the Great River Animal Rescue, or Women for Women International. Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.