July 14, 1943 – August 20, 2019
MARINO, Yolanda Lucia Milagros Ann Arbor, MI
Age 76, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with her family by her side. Yolanda was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on July 14, 1943, the daughter of Ernesto and Isabel (Grillo) Lizardi. She attended the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, graduating with a B. S. in Chemistry. In 1965, Yolanda went to Penn State University for graduate work. There she met the man who would become her husband, Joseph P. Marino. She received an M.S. in Chemistry from Penn State in 1967, the same year she and Joe married, and they then moved to Cambridge, Mass. where Joe was a postdoctoral student at Harvard. In 1969 they came to the University of Michigan, where Joe began his academic career as an Assistant Professor. Yolanda and Joe spent 33 years at the University of Michigan, raising their three children, Joseph Jr., Yolanda and Sylvia in Ann Arbor. For twenty years, Yolanda was involved at the U in student recruitment and retention of minority students in the College of Literature, Sciences & Arts. From there she spent many years in the Institute of Public Policy as an administrative assistant for students, especially students seeking a master’s degree in Public Policy. Yolanda was always devoted to student and academic issues, as well as justice and rights for all people. In 2003, Yolanda and Joe moved to the University of Notre Dame after Joe became Dean of Science. Once again, Yolanda sought out programs for minority students and joined the Institute of Latino Students for the University as an administrative assistant to the Director. After ten years, she retired from this role and in 2014, she and Joe moved back to Ann Arbor. Yolanda loved to travel and learn about people. She was an avid reader and scholar of history, especially Caribbean history. She also loved art and music of the Caribbean. In addition to being a devoted mother to her three children, she doted over her six grandchildren, Nicholas Swartz, Michael and Andrew Marino, and Isabel, Stella, and Gabriela Chapman. Yolanda often went to her grandchildren’s sports activities and followed their progress and accomplishments. She was a role model for strength and perseverance. In addition to Joe, her husband of 52 years (75), she is survived by her children Joe (51), Yolanda (49), and Sylvia (45), grandchildren Nick (19), Michael (15), Andrew (12), Isabel (14), Stella (13), and Gaby (10), and sons in law Todd Swartz of Caledonia, MI (49) and Doug Chapman of Ann Arbor (49). She is also survived by her sister, Ileana Corral and brother, Ernesto Lizardi, Jr., both of whom reside in Puerto Rico. A funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, August 25 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Muehlig Funeral Chapel and at the church from 10:30 AM until time of service Monday.
- Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Visitation at Church Monday, August 26, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, August 26, 2019
Maria Lizardi Urquiola
August 26, 2019
Mi long lost Titi Yolanda. I was a small child the last time I got to spend time with her. While I was in college, I got to see her again at Papa Abuelo's (her father's) funeral where I was once again reminded of how much I admired her and wanted to be around her when she visited the island. Too bad I didn't get to spend much time with her then. I remember her as being smart, witty and having beautiful skin. I was told many times that I looked like her and in honesty it made me proud because I knew what a successful woman she was and a great advocate for Hispanics.
My sincere condolences to her husband, children and grandchildren and I hope that I get to meet you all one day. May you all find comfort in knowing that an amazing guardian angel will be watching over each and every one of you forever. Hugs, Maria Luisa Lizardi de Urquiola - hija de Ernesto Lizardi
August 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Joe and kids. I know you have lots of memories of happy times to comfort you. My thoughts are with you. Roger Swartz