Marilyn Jean Maibach

Marilyn Jean Maibach passed away on Friday, October 8th. She was 84 years old.   

Marilyn was raised in Flushing, Bayside and Roosevelt, Long Island, the daughter of Blyth and Alexander Crawford. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1959. 

Raised as a single child by her adoring Irish father Alexander Crawford and Scottish mother Blyth Aitchison Crawford, she kept a strong affinity for the British Isles throughout her life.  She regularly celebrated her parents’ heritage.  Corned beef and cabbage was a staple on St. Patrick’s Day, as was green Jell-O. Properly prepared tea was the daily drink and balm for all of life’s challenges.  Marilyn was a gifted gardener and crafter. Her gardens tended toward tea roses, though she had a green thumb for many plants, including some of the longest living house plans known to her family and friends. She was talented at macrame and needlepoint, filling the family home with her works.  Marilyn was an Executive Assistant to engineering groups at Hazeltine and later the Eaton Corporation.  She had a special talent for translating their complex and often impenetrable documentation into more approachable English.

Marilyn’s style was always chic with a touch of formal flair. Comfort in furniture and clothing was secondary to elegant styling.  Her family regularly dined at a formally set table, and no meal could begin without proper napkins.  Marilyn and Henry enjoyed travelling together and were especially fond of cruises on the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. Marilyn was an avid reader all her life, accumulating books in large numbers to keep her engaged. 

Marilyn enjoyed 60 years with her husband Henry, with whom she made a life-long home on Eaton’s Neck. Her focus was always on her family, and she raised two children in a wonderful home. She always gave the people she was with her undivided attention; she had a gift for living fully in each moment. 

In addition to her husband Henry, Marilyn is survived by her children Alexander William Maibach and Leslie Maibach Greenwald, her son-in-law Bruce David Greenwald, and grandson Elliot Alexander Greenwald.  Marilyn is also survived by close friends who, with her family, will miss her deep empathy for all people, her incredible spirit, elegance, bright laugh, and commitment to her family. 

Arrangements have been made through the Nolan Funeral Home in Northport, New York. The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 15th from 2-4 pm and then again from 7-9 pm.  Funeral services will be held at the Nolan Funeral Home on Saturday, October 16th at 10:30 am, followed by a gravesite burial service at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  A reception will follow the gravesite ceremony, with details to be announced.  Additional information may be found at www.nolanfh.com.

Contributions to honor Marilyn’s legacy may be made to the Eaton’s Neck Fire Department (55 Eaton’s Neck Road, Northport, NY 11768) or to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/).