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Marilyn Louise Carattini Obituary
Marilyn Louise Carattini Marilyn Louise Carattini, 83, formerly of Battle Creek and now of Southport, NC, unable to recover from multiple strokes, peacefully passed under the care of her daughter, Tuesday evening, June 12, 2012. Marilyn was born in Detroit, MI, to Curtis C. Card, Jr. and Exhilda "Bobby" C. Card (Horte) on June 6, 1929. Later, the family relocated to Petoskey, MI to support the family hardware business. Marilyn graduated from Petoskey High School and proved her perseverance and a passion for caring by seeking a nursing degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. On December 8, 1949, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Marilyn wed Victor R. Carattini in New Orleans, LA. The youngest of three siblings and preceding Marilyn in death are: Chandler "Chan," of Los Angeles, CA, and sister, Jean Henley of Kalamazoo, MI. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 63 years, Victor Raphael, their four sons and daughter: David Michael (Anne Marie Desantis) of Grand Rapids, MI, Darryl Raphael (Kathy Gommer) of Carlisle, PA, Daniel Mark of Grand Rapids, MI; Dwight Matthew (Susan Gommer) of Battle Creek, MI; DeAnna Nicolaisen (Paul), of Southport, NC. Plus 11 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. No surviving cousins, but many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was very satisfied to define her legacy by caring for others, serving her family, and faithful in prayer. A woman of catholic devotion, she raised her five children in the faith. All graduated from St. Philip Catholic Central High School in Battle Creek, MI. Marilyn is a life member of the Catholic Franciscan Order of Lay Persons - "The Third Order." Marilyn enjoyed being a Girl Scout Leader for twelve years. Her passion for scouting was passed onto her daughter, and her four sons all achieved Eagle Scout Rank. After children, Marilyn explored her natural artistic talents and her career in nursing. Marilyn worked at the VA Medical Centers in both Battle Creek, MI and Livermore, CA. She returned to Michigan to nurse her mother; and then retired to the Carolinas in 1998. A private viewing and a Memorial Mass for immediate family was held this past weekend at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC. A mass of Christian Burial for her cremains will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport, NC. The family is being served by Coble-Ward-Smith Funeral Services of Wilmington, NC. Final resting place will be Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan. Inurnment with a celebration of Marilyn's life will be held later this summer. Arrangements are pending at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to contribute to the memory of Marilyn, may do so through the Carattini Scholarship Program by sending donations to or contacting the Battle Creek Community Foundation, One Riverwalk Centre, 34 W. Jackson St., Battle Creek, MI 49017-3505 (269)962-2101. For more details in the celebration of Marilyn's life please visit

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on June 18, 2012
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