Marilyn S. Carifi

May 19, 1951April 10, 2019

Marilyn Carifi, 67, of Winter Park, FL, passed away April 10, 2019. Marilyn was born May 19, 1951, in Passaic, NJ, to the late Rose and Matthew Carifi. She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Lindsey, and brother-in-law Ian Lindsey. Marilyn grew up in Wayne, NJ, and graduated from Wayne Hills High School, and attended Tulane University/H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College for her BS, Florida State University for MSW where she was a Faculty Fellow while at FSU. She also attended and received a certificate from The Roy Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, Crummer Management Program. Marilyn was presented with a certificate for her assistance in the relief efforts for Hurricane Andrew victims. She earned a Certificate of Completion from the University of Central Florida for a Risk Management Certification Course. Marilyn also held a real estate license. Marilyn worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the State of Florida, State of Maryland, and for many years was the Executive Director of Hope & Help.

Marilyn sang with the Bach Choir at Rollins College, enjoyed the arts, theatre, and traveling. She was very talented and excelled as a painter, musician, poet, pottery artist, seamstress, and skilled in needle work. Marilyn was a true humanitarian, and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made towards the establishment of a scholarship in Marilyn’s name at Tulane University/H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College. Donations to be sent to sister Jeanne Lindsey, estate executor, 285 Rollingwood Trail, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 19, 2019


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Judy and Jeff Leblang

May 19, 2019

My husband and I knew Marilyn from our Tampa days as we all worked at a large mental health center there . Marilyn worked in the research department as part of a team who wrote grants and collected data in the late 1970s . She was funny and very intelligent . We continued our friendship after we all pursued careers in different places . She went to the Orlando /Winter Park area and we moved to Virginia . She visited us twice in Virginia and talked of writing grants for her New employer. We visited her in Winter Park and with her skill, we easily navigated our way through Disneyworld. She was an easy guest , a good hostess and cook, clever, creative , intelligent , and generous and a good friend. We always looked forward to her wit, insights and specifically selected birthday cards . We were both saddened when we heard of her passing . She will greatly be missed . We will fondly remember her . We are very sorry we could not attend her Celebration of Life service due to our residing in Lousiana.

Brucie Ducote

May 17, 2019

Marilyn has been a dear friend since we met at Tulane. We were both very involved in volunteer work through an organization at Tulane called CACTUS (Community Action Council of Tulane University Students) and we both went on to become social workers. Marilyn was an extremely caring, generous and thoughtful person. She made a difference in many lives and made the world a better place. She will be sorely missed by many. My love and deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Mary Mcknight

May 17, 2019

Jeannie and Ian Lindsey I hold you in m,y heart at this time of sadness much love mary

Anne & Steve Sallee

May 14, 2019

Marilyn was our next door neighbor for the past two years. We enjoyed the few times our paths crossed at neighborhood events and at nearby restaurants.
We didn’t know her well but Marilyn and I attended the neighborhood watch meetings together for the past year. She had a clever sense of humor and I enjoyed our conversations!
It is never easy to lose someone but this was a complete shock. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Mindy Tetreault

May 13, 2019

Marilyn was my Best Friend for 39 yrs. I can't imagine life without her in it.
Not even 30 when we met, we grew old together. There are no words to describe the whole in my heart.