Marian E. Carlin

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Marian E. “Marti” Carlin, age 91, died Saturday, February 17, 2024, during transport home from Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Marti was born on February 28, 1932, in Richmond, Indiana, to John A. and Olive Lucille (Dershem) McCurdy. She was a graduate of Richmond High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Purdue University, where she met her future husband, Joseph Carlin. Married on September 11, 1954, Marti and Joe celebrated 58 years together before his passing. They settled in the Detroit area, where they raised their son, Joseph and their daughter, Susan. Marti continued her work as a pharmacist and store manager at Nellie Davis Pharmacy until her retirement.

Marti and Joe relocated to Michaywé in Gaylord after retiring, where they met new friends and explored new hobbies. Marti loved cards of all kinds. As avid bridge players, Marti and Joe offered bridge lessons to the Michaywé community and began a duplicate bridge club. Family visits with the Carlins always included mandatory double Pinochle games, and if the crowd was large enough, tournament Euchre. She was also a jigsaw puzzle aficionado, always having at least one puzzle in the works.

Marti also enjoyed needlework and quilting, at which she excelled. One could always count on receiving a handmade quilt for marriages or births. She was an enthusiastic sports fan, and she made a point of following every Detroit Pistons and Detroit Tigers ball game. She loved her family dearly, looked forward to every visit, and lived to share stories of their many accomplishments.

She is survived by her son, Joseph (Dawn) Carlin of Oxford, Ohio; grandchildren, Lindsey (John Buns) Carlin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Caitlin Carlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Joseph (Katelin) Carlin Jr. of Ithaca, New York; great-granddaughter, Jillian Buns; sister, Lucille Therrien; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Olive; her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Susan; and siblings, Dorothy Sanford, John H. McCurdy, and Donald R. McCurdy. 

In keeping with Marti’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a celebration of her life is planned for early summer at Michaywé.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego Food Pantry online at, or the Otsego Memorial Hospital online at

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734

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