Marilyn F. Ardolini, age 81, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 following a battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
Marilyn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her loved ones. Her devotion to her family was remarkable and she will be missed by all who knew and cherished her. Born in New York on September 19, 1937 to Joseph and Marie Mongelli, Marilyn is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles Ardolini; her daughter Denise Trainer and her husband David; her son Charles Ardolini Jr. and his wife Patti; her daughter Susan Ardolini; her grandchildren, Christopher, Lauren, Kristen, Ashley, Mackenzie and Cade; her brother Robert Mongelli, and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn grew up in a multigenerational home amidst a tight-knit Italian family in Bronx, New York. She was academically gifted and graduated from high school at a young age. She attended Hunter College and married Charles Ardolini on July 14, 1957. He was drafted into the army and they moved to Munich, Germany for 1½ years while he served overseas. When they returned, Charles got a job working for the U.S. Department of Labor and they moved to Washington, D.C. In 1968, they bought a house in Laurel, MD where she resided until her death. It was there that she met an incredible group of neighbors and friends and developed close lifelong friendships that she maintained and treasured for over 50 years.
Marilyn focused on raising her children but went back to school to finish her college degree once they were older. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in education and worked for over 20 years as a teacher in the Prince George’s County school system. She was involved in many volunteer activities, tutored children who were in need of extra help, was an active church member who served on many committees, prepared meals for the homeless, enjoyed going to movies with friends, and loved spending time at her beach house. Marilyn was an amazing cook who treasured Sunday dinners with her family and played an integral part in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
During this difficult time, the family would like to express our gratitude to everyone for your love, support, and prayers.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, MD 20707 on Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 AM. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary or blood donations be made in Marilyn’s name to the American Red Cross.
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines IA 50340